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Trending Now: Political Activities and Social Media

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has reached a fevered pitch, with a little over a month remaining before Election Day. After Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the stakes are high and the American...more

IRS to Update 1967 Revenue Ruling Relating to Change of Domicile

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has announced plans to update Revenue Ruling 67-390, which requires an organization to “re-apply” for tax-exemption if it changes its corporate structure, including in situations...more

Recent SEC Settlement Demonstrates FCPA Risks from Charitable Contributions

For just the second time in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (FCPA) history, a company was charged with FCPA offenses based solely on a charitable contribution that was intended to buy the influence of a foreign...more

[Event] Nonprofits in the Digital Age - October 18th, Seattle, WA

Please join us for a complimentary seminar focused on the critical legal issues facing nonprofits as they increasingly engage supporters, raise funds, and create change online and through digital technology....more

Three Key Takeaways from the Nu Skin FCPA Settlement for a Corrupt Charitable Donation

In a rare enforcement action, the SEC settled an FCPA enforcement action for $766,000 for a charitable donation of $154,000 to improperly influence a high-ranking Chiese Communist party official to prevent a provincial agency...more

Fall into the GAAP: New Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Standards Issued

As we previously reported, in April 2015 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) circulated a series of proposed changes to generally accepted accounting principles applicable to certain not-for-profit entities in...more

Court Dismisses Challenge to New York Donor Disclosure Requirement

On August 29, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed in its entirety a complaint against the New York Attorney General filed by Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation,...more

Recent Governance and Gift-Giving Guidance from the Non-Profit/Public Charities Division

The Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the “Division”) recently released helpful guidance regarding (i) good governance of charitable organization and (ii) the rules that...more

Notice Requirements for Social Welfare Organizations

Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) exempts from the federal income tax certain nonprofit corporations that are operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare (commonly referred to as “Social...more

New IRS Guidance on Deferred Compensation for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

Tax-exempt and governmental employers do not pay Federal income tax and therefore, unlike for-profit entities, are not affected by the timing of tax deductions relating to the payment of compensation. Tax authorities are...more

Florida Open for Captive Insurance Business

After several decades, Florida is back in the business of licensing captive insurance companies. On Aug. 11, 2016, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued a license to a nonprofit Florida corporation, pursuant to...more

Guest Post: Getting The Most Out of Employees At Non-Profit Organizations – A “Total Rewards” Strategy

As I continue to reflect this week on nine years of blogging, it’s hard to recall that I started this before the Great Recession hit. Since that time, all businesses have become more cost-conscious and creative in how they...more

Enforcing Charitable Pledges: New York’s Shifting Landscape

On August 24, 2016, it was widely reported in the business media that Duke University had filed a claim against the estate of Aubrey McLendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp., who died in March 2016. The claim was...more

Investing Private Foundation Assets: What Every Foundation Manager Should Know

Those responsible for managing a private foundation’s investment assets may not always understand the unique fiduciary and tax constraints imposed on private foundations and their managers by both state and federal law....more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - September 2016

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES - In an...more

The House Ways and Means Committee is looking at Endowments

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter Roskam announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on college and university endowments. The hearing is entitled “Back to School: A Review...more

IRS Releases Guidance on Management Contracts

Revenue Procedure 2016-44 replaces the long-standing safe harbors in Revenue Procedure 97-13 for analyzing private business use under management contracts with a more flexible safe harbor, but requires specific provisions in...more

[Webinar] 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 21st, 8:20am Central / 9:20am Eastern

Program Highlights Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 28th annual employee benefits seminar via webinar.  Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments...more

IRS Says Employees of Disregarded Single-Member LLC May Participate in Parent’s 403(b) and 457(b) Plans

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recently published IRS memorandum provides that employees of a single-member LLC treated as a disregarded entity must be allowed to participate in a section 403(b) plan sponsored by its parent 501(c)(3)...more

Perspectives - August/September 2016

We’ve all heard about India’s rape crisis, but not everyone knows that it’s the result of the larger problem of gender inequality. According to UNICEF, India is the worst place to be born a girl. The birth of a baby girl is...more

September 6, 2016 Deadline: New IRS Notice Requirement for 501(c)(4) Organizations

Nonprofit entities that intend to operate as 501(c)(4) organizations, such as social welfare organizations, are subject to a new notice requirement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a result of the Protecting...more

Looming Registration and Reporting Deadlines for Nonprofit Raffles: September 1 and October 1

Many charities embrace raffles as a fun and lucrative way to raise money. A lot of them aren't aware that raffles constitute illegal gambling, unless the requirements of the Penal Code are met. If not, the charity is...more

New IRS Guidance: Treatment of Disregarded Single Member LLC Employees in the 403(b) and 457(b) Plans of the Tax-Exempt Member of...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released General Counsel Memorandum 201634021 (“Memorandum”) concluding that the employees of a disregarded single member limited liability company (SMLLC) (1) must be allowed to...more

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will...more

IRS Loosens Restrictions on Safe Harbors for Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Property

The Internal Revenue Service, in Revenue Procedure 2016-44, has loosened the restrictions on safe harbors for management contracts entered into by governmental issuers of tax-exempt bonds in connection with facilities...more

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