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Alert: Conversion of a Postsecondary Educational Institution from a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entity

The recent announcements that Grand Canyon University would explore nonprofit status and that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell a group of schools to a nonprofit entity have encouraged higher education companies to take a...more

Alert: Major Changes in California's Regulation of Private Postsecondary Institutions

California recently enacted a new law that will significantly alter the regulation of many in-state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions. The new law will have an immediate impact on a number of issues, and it signals...more

Legal Alert: New York Tax Appeals Tribunal Reverses “Distorted” Knowledge Learning Decision and Provides Guidance for Proving...

On September 18, 2014, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) decided its first combination case addressing the 2007 changes to New York’s combined reporting regime: Matter of Knowledge Learning Corporation and...more

IRS Applies 20th Century Analysis To 21st Century Social Organization

Code §501(c)(7) provides an exemption from federal income tax for clubs organized substantially for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes if no part its net earnings inures to the benefit of a private...more

Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities Makes Recommendations on Reporting of Unrelated Business Taxable Income

The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (“ACT”), an IRS advisory panel, made several recommendations on issues relating to unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”) in its annual report to the IRS (the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Perspectives - April, 2014

In This Issue: - Making Our Downtown Better Every Day - It's Good To "B" In Deleware - The Wonderful World of Limited Liability Companies - Ohio Bill to Allow Schools and Camps to Procure Epinephrine...more

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

2013 was something of a lost year for the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division of the IRS. In the spring, the Division was embroiled in a controversy involving the targeting of conservative advocacy groups that led to the...more

Exempt Organization Must Be Primarily Engaged In School Activities To Reap School Benefits

The Internal Revenue Code provides a number of benefits to schools that qualify as an exempt organization under Code Section170(b)(1)(A)(ii). These include avoiding private foundation status, having contributions qualify for...more

Attention Non-Profits, Public Schools and Other 403(b) Plan Sponsors: the Deadline to Correct a Failure to Adopt a Section 403(b)...

In what seems like a lifetime ago, the IRS provided eligible plan sponsors until December 31, 2009 to adopt a written plan under which they would maintain their existing Section 403(b) arrangements. A 403(b) plan is a...more

IRS Announces Plans To Look Into UBTI Reporting On A Broader Scale

On May 8, 2013, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on the Oversight of Tax-Exempt Organizations held a hearing on the College and University Compliance Project Final Report (“Final Report”) issued by the IRS on April 25,...more

IRS Releases College And University Compliance Project Final Report – Implications For All Tax-Exempt Organizations

On April 25, 2013, the IRS released its College and University Compliance Project Final Report, which updates the interim report issued in 2010. ...more

Five Years in the Making - IRS Releases Findings from Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

The IRS announced it is nearing completion of a five year long compliance project involving tax-exempt colleges and universities. The project, which began with questionnaires to 400 randomly-selected institutions, focused on...more

Recent 403(b) Developments

Background - 403(b) retirement plans are similar to 401(k) plans, but the employers who may establish 403(b) plans are limited to public schools, certain tax exempt employers (including religious and charitable...more

"Exempt and Nonprofit Organizations Alert: IRS Addresses UBTI and Executive Compensation Issues"

IRS Addresses Issues of Unrelated Business Taxable Income and Executive Compensation in Colleges and Universities Compliance Project Report - On April 25, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its Final...more

Regulatory Focus on Colleges and Universities Is Increasing

In the last two weeks, both the IRS and Congressional officials announced major milestones in the increasing regulatory focus on colleges and universities. First, the IRS emphasized misreported taxable income and...more

IRS Issues Final Report on Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

Report offers lessons for many tax-exempt organizations on unrelated business taxable income and executive compensation....more

IRS Issues Wake Up Call to Colleges and Universities — Congress to Hold Hearings

The IRS released its Final Report on its five year study of the audit results of colleges and universities. Lois G. Lerner, Director of the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS announced the “long awaited” posting of the...more

IRS Releases Final Colleges and Universities Compliance Report: Reveals Significant Underreporting

A recent report of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations (EO) division provides the results of a multi-year audit of tax-exempt colleges and universities regarding their compliance with IRS reporting requirements. The report focuses...more

Compensation and Unrelated Business Income are Focus of IRS Colleges and Universities Report

Just a few weeks before many tax-exempt organizations file their annual Form 990, the IRS yesterday released its final report on the Colleges and Universities Compliance Project, which it had initiated in 2008 by sending...more

Maine Supreme Court Clarifies Property Tax Exemption For Non-Profits

In a case watched closely by Maine’s non-profit organizations, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has held that Hebron Academy, a private secondary school, was exempt from property tax on its various school buildings. The...more

Public Charter Schools - Second Edition

Introduction The public charter school movement has evolved for two decades, yet the challenge of securing affordable facilities continues to confront nearly every charter school. The landscape of solutions now includes...more

IRS Zeroing in on Auditing Ivy League Schools

The IRS has been probing more than 30 state schools and private nonprofit schools such as Harvard University in its latest efforts to ensure tax compliance. The latest blue chip university to be investigated is Cornell...more

"Purely Public Charities" in Pennsylvania. Back to the future – again.

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has rekindled the issue of what constitutes a "purely public charity" for real estate tax exemption purposes in Pennsylvania. The decision may lead to a renewed interest of school...more

Tax-Advantage Charitable Giving

If you are charitably inclined, there are tax-advantaged ways to make a gift to a favorite charity while enjoying the income from that gift for your lifetime. Many educational and charitable organizations offer plans that...more

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