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Jimmy Chen Seminar Attendees and Clients at Risk of Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past summer, Jimmy J. Chen, accountant and promoter of private charitable foundations, was charged with six felony counts of tax evasion. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Chen apparently used his tax-exempt ChenSung Family...more

IRS Announces End Date for 403(b) Remedial Amendments

Many tax exempt employers sponsor Section 403(b) retirement plans to help their employees save money for retirement. A 403(b) plan offers the ability for an employee to make pre-tax contributions to the plan (similar to the...more

For Many Nonprofits, May 15 Is Tax Filing Deadline and Marks ‘Start of the Year’ Review

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

For nonprofit organizations, the IRS Form 990 return must be filed on or before the 15th day of the fifth month following the fiscal year-end – or May 15 for those using a Dec. 31 year-end. This deadline should also...more

SJC Issues Property Tax Ruling Regarding Religious Organization

by Foley Hoag LLP on

In a noteworthy development relevant to property tax exemptions for religious organizations in the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling on March 22, 2017 in Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Inc. v. Board...more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals' Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

There have been two new developments in the long running saga over a charitable property tax exemption for hospitals in Illinois....more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

IL Supreme Court Avoids Ruling on Constitutionality of Hospital Exemption

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, the case involving the constitutionality of the statute granting hospitals a special property tax exemption. In remanding this case...more

Benefactors Beware: Fake Charities Included in IRS List of Top Tax Scams for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Every year, the IRS issues its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams list, a compilation of tactics and devices used by scam artists against taxpayers. While the threat exists year-round, the IRS promulgates the list ahead of filing...more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

IRS Notice: Conservation Easements for Charitable Giving

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Blank Rome LLP on

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Cole Schotz on

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

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