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IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

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

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

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

Recent Updates from the Attorney General’s Nonprofit Division

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

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

TIC Form SHC Deadline Approaching to Report U.S. Ownership of Foreign Securities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a revised Form SHC (with corresponding instructions), which is part of the Treasury International Capital (TIC) data reporting system. Form SHC is the mandatory five-year...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

Two new Issue Podcasts available for viewing - Go to the Stay Exempt Issue Podcast page on irs.gov to see Issue Podcasts on: ..When are Commercial-Type Activities a Substantial Nonexempt Purpose for an IRC...more

Tax Court Holds IRC Charitable Contribution Subsection is not Self-Executing in the Absence of Regs

On December 22, 2016, the United States Tax Court (the “Court”) issued 15 West 17th Street LLC v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 19 (2016) and addressed, a question related to the statutory construction of section 170(f)(8),...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

IRS makes approved Form 1023-EZ data available online - The IRS announced today that publicly available information from approved applications for tax-exemption using Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Tax Court Puts Brakes on Recent Trend Limiting Religious/Non-Profit Exemptions

In a recent tax court case, Holy Trinity Baptist Church v. City of Trenton (Docket No. 015909-2014, February 2, 2017), the court overturned the findings of the County Board of Taxation and upheld the tax exemption for...more

Reminder: Filing Requirements for New 501(c)(4) Organizations

With lobbying efforts on the rise, the IRS has issued notice requirements for new 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. These requirements follow the addition of Section 506 to the Code, where notification requirements for...more

Is a donor-advised fund right for you?

Those who make sizable gifts to charitable causes can realize personal rewards from their generosity and claim a deduction on their tax returns. One drawback is that, once the money or assets are contributed, they generally...more

Tax Filing Gets Easier for Small Nonprofits

The IRS has released a new, interactive Form 990-EZ (Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax) to make the annual chore of return filing even easier for “small” tax-exempt organizations, and help them avoid...more

Annual Filing for Welfare Exemption Due On or Before February 15th

The February 15, 2017 deadline for nonprofit organizations in California seeking to initially obtain or renew exemption from property taxes is quickly approaching, and there are changes to the reporting requirements if your...more

IRS Issues Warning About W-2 Cyber-Scams, Especially for Schools, Nonprofits and Tribal Organizations

On February 2, 2017, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. The scam, which targets the corporate world during tax season, is currently “spreading to other sectors,...more

IRS Announces the Last Day of the Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, which provides that the last day of the remedial amendment period for Code Section 403(b) retirement plans will be March 31, 2020. As discussed below,...more

IRS Warns Schools of Targeted W-2 Phishing Scams

Originally published in the IRS EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits newsletter - February 3, 2017. The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all...more

Public Finance Advisory: IRS Releases Clarifying Management Contracts Rules

For the third time in as many years, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has issued guidance for determining whether a management contract will result in private business use for property financed with governmental or...more

Keeping Your Family Foundation in Compliance

The 2016 election cycle made front page news of certain failures in compliance by both the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and The Donald J. Trump Foundation. Every new year brings new goals and, for every family...more

IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts - Impact on Healthcare Providers

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds. By way...more

IRS Releases Updated Form 990-EZ; New Options to Help Exempt Organizations Avoid Errors, File a More Accurate Return

WASHINGTON — The IRS announced today the release of an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, that will help tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filing their annual...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Winter 2017

On September 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument in Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester. On the face of it, the ad valorem valuation of a garden variety property in the suburbanizing Town...more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

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