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Insight on Estate Planning - Year End 2016

In This Issue: - 6 estate planning techniques for blended families - If it’s broken, fix it! Trusts that no longer achieve their objective can be repaired - Preparing for a new year: Take time now for a quick...more

Estate Planning NOW: Preparing for a New Government

It’s impossible to predict what any future president will do, or what Congress will approve. But in light of comments president-elect Donald J. Trump made on the campaign trail, and given that Grand Old Party members will...more

Donating hotel toiletries to poor schools or women’s shelters.

I left a three-day conference at a 5-star resort and packed up two nights’ worth of quality hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shower gel, shower caps, sewing kits, and pocket combs to bring home and donate to poor...more

Year-End Tax Planning with Tax Credit-Funded Scholarships

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Alabama’s neediest school children can be helped at little...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Charitable Giving Before Tax Law Changes Under the New Administration

Significant changes are expected to U.S. tax laws following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and the Republican Party’s retention of control over both houses of Congress. The details of...more

Why donor advised funds are useful for year-end charitable giving

Donor advised funds are endowment-like funds that are operated by public charities. When a donor makes a gift to a donor advised fund, a separate fund is created for the donor by the public charity that holds the fund. With...more

'Tis the Season for Year-End Charitable Gifts

As you are making your list and checking it twice, you might want to consider whether you want to make any year-end gifts to your favorite charities. If you do, you will be in good company. According to the National...more

Substantiation of Charitable Donations

As we enter the giving season and begin making charitable contributions it is important to remember that some gifts require more than just the act of giving to qualify for a charitable tax deduction. For monetary...more

Looking over the edge of the Cliff - The Use of Pooled Income Funds to Reduce the Taxation of Offshore Repatriated Carried...

The addition of IRC Sec 457A effectively ended the ability of investment managers to defer the tax recognition of the carried interest in the investment manager’s offshore fund. Under IRC Sec 457A, hedge fund managers must...more

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

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

John Fogarty Rocks-Nu Skin Informs Oversight

I recently saw John Fogerty in concert. For those you are not aware, he was a founding member and the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), one of the very top American groups from the 1960s and early...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

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

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

How Can Employees Help Victims of Louisiana’s August 2016 Storms. . .Through an Employer Leave Donation Program or Leave Sharing...

Leave Donation - In mid-September, the IRS announced income tax relief for individuals who donate through their employers to aid victims of the Louisiana storms that began on August 11, 2016. See IRS Notice 2016-55...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

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

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

IRS Provides Guidance Addressing Leave-Based Donations Benefiting Louisiana Storm Victims

In the wake of several severe storms and widespread flooding in Louisiana, many local residents and businesses are dealing with catastrophic property damage and loss. These burdens have resulted in an overwhelming need for...more

Lack of Due Diligence Re China Sub Yields FCPA Charges for Parent

Doing business in high risk areas of the world requires additional diligence to avoid corruption issues. The SEC’s latest FCPA settlement is an example of an action where the parent company took proactive steps, but they...more

Proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger presents a charitable planning opportunity

The announcement of the Bayer-Monsanto transaction gives shareholders a great opportunity to think about taxes and charitable planning options. Shareholders have seen a $10-$15/share bump since May, and the current...more

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