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IRS Provides Increased Flexibility on Management Contracts for Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Property

On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-67 (the “Notice”), which provides important guidance and increased flexibility for issuers and conduit borrowers of tax-exempt bonds regarding contracting...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

IRS Affirms Treatment of Short Sales for UBTI Purposes

Since there are many hedge funds that utilize short selling as part of their investment strategy, it is important for hedge fund investors, including tax exempt organizations, to understand the U.S. tax treatment of these...more

Legacy Gifting: Private Foundation vs. Philanthropic Fund

Are you considering making a significant charitable legacy gift? What type of vehicle should you use? Donors often have similar goals in mind — helping a charity dear to their heart and saving on taxes. However, donors may...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

Benesch Perspectives - July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Giving to Religion Trending Downward for a Decade - What You Can Learn from Giving 2014 - Is the Front Door Closing on the Parsonage...more

Wealth Management Update - August 2014

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Foreign Tax-Exempt Organizations Exempt from Withholding Tax

Investment funds, including private equity funds, often receive capital contributions from tax-exempt organizations. These tax-exempt institutions may include U.S. and foreign pension funds, as well as U.S. and foreign...more

NJ Federal Court Rules Pension Plan Established By Church-Controlled Hospital Not an ERISA-Exempt Church Plan

On March 31, 2014 the U.S. District Court in New Jersey held that a defined benefit pension plan established by St. Peter’s Healthcare System was not a church plan exempt under ERISA despite the fact that St. Peter’s is...more

Beware of Entering into Business with your Spouse

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Maryland, recently rendered a tax decision noteworthy to all married couples who participate in their business together. The case, Johnson v. U.S., decided November 5,...more

Taxes and Politics Collide in New IRS Guidelines for 501(c)(4) Organizations: IRS Proposes to Restrict Political Activities of...

On November 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed rules, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” (78 Fed. Reg. 71535-71542 (Nov. 29, 2013)),...more

California Enacts 409A Legislation Reducing State Tax Penalty

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB1173 on Oct. 4, 2013, reducing the California 409A tax penalty from 20% to 5% for taxable years beginning January 1, 2013. The bill, a victory for California businesses and...more

Deductible Charitable Contributions Can Be Made Through An Agent

Most taxpayers making charitable contributions will transfer their own funds or property to the charitable recipient. What happens if another person or entity makes the actual transfer to the charitable recipient?...more

IRS to Begin Compliance Checks of Non-Governmental Section 457(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced it was conducting “compliance checks” of Section 457(b) plans. This newsletter discusses what those compliance checks involve as well as the steps Section 457(b) plan sponsors...more

IRS Announces Compliance Check Program for Tax-Exempt Employers

Sponsors of 457(b) plans may receive questionnaires aimed at identifying noncompliance issues. On June 3, the Employee Plans Compliance Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the creation of its Section...more

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...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

Recent IRS Guidance Concerning 403(b) Plans

Final Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b) regulations which became effective January 1, 2009 require that plan sponsors adopt written 403(b) Plan documents. ...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

403(b) Plans – Correction Of Plan Errors

Final Internal Revenue Code Section 403(b) regulations issued December 31, 2009 require that plan sponsors adopt written 403(b) Plan documents. A 403(b) Plan is a form of defined contribution retirement plan that may only be...more

403(b) Plans – Correction Due To Loss Of Tax-Exempt Status

What happens if a tax-exempt organization becomes ineligible to sponsor a Section 403(b) Plan because it loses its exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)? As an example, loss of tax-exempt status may...more

Protection and Goodwill – Documenting Charitable Contributions in the Eyes of the IRS

April 15th is just around the corner, and every year clients ask us what paperwork is needed to document charitable contributions. As a reminder, the IRS allows you to deduct up to 50% of your adjusted gross income donated...more

IRS Relief for 403(b) Retirement Plans

Recognizing that the requirement to have a detailed written plan document for a 403(b) retirement plan was a new and arduous task for many non-profit entities who sponsored such plans, the IRS has now published favorable...more

Consider a Private Foundation to Fulfill Your Philanthropic Goals

There are a variety of vehicles through which individuals and families can promote their charitable giving goals, and private foundations are often a leading choice. Simply stated, a private foundation is a type of charitable...more

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