Charitable Donations

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"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

How to Make Sure You Don't Lose Your Charitable Contribution Deduction

In order for a U.S. taxpayer to deduct contributions to charity on his or her federal income tax return (Form 1040), the taxpayer must comply with very specific rules set forth in the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) which...more

The Three Most Important Provisions for S Corporations Under PATH Act

It has become a tradition that at the end of each year, Congress passes legislation to extend previous legislation. In late 2015, Congress passed Public Law 114-113, which contains the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act...more

Update: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee...more

Keeping it Together: Foundations, DAFs, and the Problem of Bifurcated Payments

The end of the year brings a flood of gifts and grants to public charities, as well as perennial questions about how the donor will benefit in return. As a general matter, individual donors may receive “benefits” in...more

Donors and Charities Benefit Under New Tax Legislation

While most provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) do not automatically expire, there are dozens that do. Included among the expiring provisions have been several intended to enhance charitable giving. Each has been...more

Congress Forges PATH in Tax Laws for Business, Individuals

Congress has avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to a new budget in its Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the adopted legislation [cynically named the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH)], includes some...more

Thanks But No Thanks: Proposed Charitable Gift Substantiation Regulations Receive a Critical Response

On September 18, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) proposed regulations relating to the substantiation of charitable contributions made to Section 501(c)(3) organizations. If approved,...more

2015 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Outlined below are reminders about a number of tax planning opportunities that, if you have not already done so, you may want to take advantage of before year-end. Also outlined...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: Year-End Tax and Spending Legislation Includes Employee Benefits Provisions

In a year-end flurry of activity, Congress adopted major tax and spending legislation, which was signed into law on Friday, December 18 by President Obama. The legislation, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Made Permanent

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act." Section Q of the Act amends the tax code in several ways in...more

Obama Signs PATH, Making IRA Charitable Rollovers Permanent

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015. PATH provides permanent extensions of certain tax benefits for individuals that have long been temporary,...more

OIG Tightens Requirements of Prior Favorable Advisory Opinion on Charity Patient Assistance Program for Cancer Drugs

On December 7, 2015, OIG posted a modification adding additional strictures to a prior favorable Advisory Opinion (No. 07-11) regarding a charity’s operation of a patient assistance program (PAP) to provide financial...more

Spending Bill Prevents SEC From Requiring Disclosure of Political Contributions

The current version of the spending bill in Congress prevents the SEC from using authorized funds to require disclosure of political contributions. Tucked away on page 1982 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 is the...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

IRS’s New, Optional Donor Form Causes Confusion

On September 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations to provide an alternative method for substantiating charitable contribution deductions. In connection with these regulations, the IRS will...more

Is Your Charitable Contribution Safe?

In a soon-to-be-released article, Charities in Financial Distress: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Donor-Restricted Funds, Richard Fox, Jonathan Blattmachr, and Benjamin Bolas explore one aspect of bankruptcy filings by...more

Creating a Social Network of Tax Savings: The Use of LLCs in Structuring Philanthropic and Public Good Activities

The use of a limited liability company (LLC) by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan as the vehicle for advancing of “philanthropic, public advocacy, and other activities for the public good” has recently received a...more

LLCs: A New Horizon for Charitable Giving?

When Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he was giving away up to 99 percent of his Facebook shares (valued at approximately $45 billion), he was severely criticized for it. Zuckerberg and his wife created the Chan...more

Receiving a Deduction for Your Charitable Contribution on Giving Tuesday

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, so ths blog post focuses on ensuring that you are doing everything necessary to receive your charitable deduction, especially in light of a recent court decision. ...more

"Tips from IRS for Year-End Gifts to Charity"

On November 25, the Internal Revenue Service published "Tips from IRS for Year-End Gifts to Charity." The goal was to remind "individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity that several important tax law...more

The End of the Line – Part I: Year End Tax Planning Strategies

This article is designed to provide an overview of a technique that might allow taxpayers to accomplish significant income tax savings at the end of the 2015 tax year. This planning can be accomplished regardless of whether...more

Cross-Border Charitable Activities

The Canada-US treaty provides significant relief for cross-border charitable activities. The treaty, and the competent authority agreement that implements it, says that a religious, scientific, educational, or charitable...more

Year-End Tax Planning and Expanded Scholarship Tax Credits

The Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 (the “Act”) provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO) operating within Alabama. The Act was...more

Looking For a Way to Satisfy a Charitable Donation? Donate Israeli Bonds!

For many of us in the Jewish community, Israeli Bonds, have become a familiar part of our religious culture. Parents, grandparents and friends give Israeli Bonds as gifts for holidays, special occasions and milestones and...more

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