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Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws

Earlier this month, the New York Attorney General’s office ordered Donald Trump’s foundation to immediately stop soliciting charitable donations in the state. The attorney general also demanded that the Trump Foundation...more

IRS Examinations: New Guidance and Issue Areas for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Tax-exempt organizations will soon receive guidance regarding the issues most likely to trigger an examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), says Sunita Lough, Commissioner of the IRS Tax-Exempt and Government...more

Prohibited Campaign Intervention: Stay Alert in the Final Stretch

Engaging in any political electoral campaign activity on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for public office is a prohibited activity for all charities and private foundations that are exempt under Internal Revenue...more

Transferee Liability: The [Unlikely] Situation that your Nonprofit Receives a Charitable Gift with Expensive Tax Strings Attached

The case of Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner - On August 15, 2016, the Tax Court decided in Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-154, that two foundations were liable as transferees...more

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Limited Political Campaign Activity for Charitable Organizations

Recently, we wrote about the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, and the importance of managing the use of social media to avoid violating these rules. This prohibition...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

The Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held a regularly scheduled meeting on October 5, 2016. At the meeting, the Commission formally extended the comment period for two significant advisory opinions affecting...more

Corporate Law and Governance Update - October 2016

New Officer and Director FCA/Stark Exposure - Recent developments may merit a measured briefing to corporate leadership on the potential exposure of health industry officers and directors to financial penalties and other...more

BC's new Societies Act: What you need to know

On November 28, 2016, the new Societies Act (which will replace the old Society Act) will come into force. It will modernize and clarify society governance, procedures and accountability, and will also better align BC society...more

Amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act

On September 28, 2016, the Government of Canada tabled proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Corresponding amendments are proposed for the Canada Cooperatives Act and the Canada Not-for-profit...more

Takeaways From SOCAP16: The Social Capital Markets Conference

This month more than 2,500 people gathered at the ninth Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference, billed as the intersection of money and meaning. The conference is designed to be the place where businesses built to solve...more

(UK) Business Rates Update

There have been a number of developments on business rates which affect investment management and lettings to corporate occupiers. Exactly what use qualifies as charitable and benefits from reduced rates is clearer, as is...more

SEC Cracks Down on Charitable Contributions under the FCPA - Best Practices In Light of Recent SEC Enforcement

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an FCPA enforcement action premised entirely on a one-time charitable contribution. On September 20, 2016, the SEC announced a settled FCPA...more

Changes to Compensation Rules for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

The IRS has proposed new rules that will require tax-exempt hospitals (and other tax-exempt entities) to review a variety of compensation arrangements to avoid unintended tax consequences. This article will provide a brief...more

2016 New York Tax Update: Highlights and Lowlights

There wasn’t much in the way of substantive New York tax changes in the 2017 budget bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed in April. Or at least wasn’t much in the way of changes that affect the day-to-day practices of the...more

Lessons Learned from Nu Skin

The enforcement action against manufacturer Nu Skin Enterprises highlights the risks of making charitable donations in high-risk countries without conducting meaningful anticorruption due diligence....more

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

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