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SJC Issues Property Tax Ruling Regarding Religious Organization

by Foley Hoag LLP on

In a noteworthy development relevant to property tax exemptions for religious organizations in the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling on March 22, 2017 in Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. v. Board...more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals' Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

There have been two new developments in the long running saga over a charitable property tax exemption for hospitals in Illinois....more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

IL Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Constitutionality of Hospital Exemption

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, the case involving the constitutionality of the statute granting hospitals a special property tax exemption. In remanding this case...more

Benefactors Beware: Fake Charities Included in IRS List of Top Tax Scams for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Every year, the IRS issues its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams list, a compilation of tactics and devices used by scam artists against taxpayers. While the threat exists year-round, the IRS promulgates the list ahead of filing...more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

Improper Purpose Frustrates Member’s Assertion Of A Proper Purpose

by Allen Matkins on

The inspection rights of members of California nonprofit mutual benefit corporations mirror those of shareholders of California corporations. Section 8333 of the Corporations Code provides that the accounting books and...more

The not to be underestimated ‘not-for-profit requirement’ in Australia

by Dentons on

In a recent Tribunal decision, Deputy President McCabe has affirmed the decision of the Minister for Education and Training (Minister) to revoke the approval of Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited (MFISL) as an approved...more

Enhanced Whistleblower Protections for Nonprofit Employees

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In the wake of Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation last year, the Oregon Legislature amended Oregon's "whistleblower" protection statute (ORS 659A.203) by expanding it to include Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Diving into Family Philanthropy

Over the next several posts, we will be diving into the topic of family philanthropy. Since the topic is so broad, we have divided it into segments that we will cover in the coming weeks. Each segment is intended to give you...more

SEC Proposes Significant Alterations for Financial Obligation Disclosures for Governmental Issuers and Certain Nonprofit...

by Polsinelli on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") recently sent a clear message to participants in the municipal markets: it intends to require a greater level of disclosure, and more timely disclosure, regarding an...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

by Bryan Cave on

In Notice 2017-10, the Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance on syndicated conservation easement transactions presumed to be used as tax shelters. This addition to the “listed transactions” under Section...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

IRS Updates Form 990-EZ for 2016

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The IRS released an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax with the purpose of helping small to mid-size tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes. Tax-exempt organizations whose...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Recent Updates from the Attorney General’s Nonprofit Division

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Several attorneys from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the Division) participated in an engaging panel discussion at the Boston Bar Association last week. The...more

Strict Charitable Contribution Substantiation Requirements Trip Up Another Taxpayer

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Taxpayers making contributions to charities that seek a charitable deduction have a myriad of reporting and receipt requirements to comply with. Code §170(f)(12) imposes additional requirements as to contributions of motor...more

Is It the End of the Johnson Amendment as We Know It?

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to repeal the law that restricts organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue...more

Into the Ether: EEA Another Showing of Support for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Morgan Lewis on

On February 28, a consortium of 30 companies announced the formation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a nonprofit foundation designed to “build, promote, and broadly support Ethereum-based technology best practices,...more

Important Changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Laws governing Michigan nonprofit corporations underwent an extensive facelift several years ago, the effects of which are still being felt today. Below is a summary of some key amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit...more

California’s Storms Are Not California Dreaming

- It is essential to keep track of deadlines mandated under policies. - Keep in mind that several types of insurance—not just property insurance—may cover flood and storm-related losses (such as property damage, loss of...more

Introduction To US Benefit Corporations: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible...

In 2006, Yvon Chouinard, the founder of sportswear giant Patagonia, published a corporate memoir that would equally inspire board members in three-piece suits and surfers in wetsuits. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education...more

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