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Professor Bainbridge Precises Corporate Philanthropy

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge precised the question of corporate philanthropy. He notes “Virtually all states have adopted statutes specifically granting corporations the power to make...more

Estate Planning for Empty Nesters

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Your youngest child is finally off to college. The spare bedroom is now a cozy den. The weekly grocery bill has been cut in half. Even the dog is enjoying the peace and quiet. What to do with your newfound freedom? Before you...more

Proposed Legislation Would Broaden Availability of Charitable Deductions

On October 5, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) introduced the Universal Charitable Giving Act of 2017 (H.R. 3988), which would allow individuals who do not itemize their deductions to receive income tax deductions for charitable...more

[Webinar] Defined Value Clauses; S Corp. Distribution of Property; Traps Donating a Business to Charity - October 31st, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In this webinar the presenter will discuss defined value clauses to reduce risk when transferring hard-to-value assets, the consequences of converting from an S corporation to a partnership, and issues to consider when...more

Effective Cause Marketing: Ways to Ensure Your Good Deeds Go Unpunished

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Collaborations between charitable organizations and for-profit businesses to simultaneously promote a cause and raise funds for the charity have been demonstrably successful and are occurring with increasing frequency. When...more

Conservation Easements: Easement Deed Fails To Satisfy Perpetuity Requirement

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In Palmolive Building Investors, LLC v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 18, the Tax Court denied a charitable contribution deduction of a donated façade easement because the easement deed failed to satisfy the perpetuity...more

The White House Framework for Tax Legislation

On September 27, the White House released a document called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code,” containing an outline prepared by the administration plus the senior Republican members of the tax-writing...more

Greedy Charitable Deductions May Cost You

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Taxpayers are not required to pay a negligence penalty for underpayment of income taxes if, under Internal Revenue Code regulations, there is reasonable cause for a position that the Taxpayer takes in an income tax return. ...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Avoid Scams and Ensure Tax Deductions When Donating to Hurricane Relief

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you may be looking to make a charitable donation to support relief efforts. With dozens of organizations accepting donations, it can be difficult to know (1) whether you are donating...more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

In The Aftermath Of A Hurricane: How To Avoid Fraud, Waste, And Abuse

Sadly, history repeats itself. Disasters can bring about the best, and sometimes the worst, in human behavior. So can disaster cleanups. From price gouging to fraud, there will always be opportunists on the horizon following...more

Hurricane Recovery Client Alert: Establishing a Charitable Leave Donation Program

by Morgan Lewis on

Tips on setting up a pooled fund of employee leave by giving employees the option of donating leave that can be converted into cash contributions to charities assisting the victims of Hurricane Harvey....more

The Bubbler: September 2017

What is happening in employment law? We will be providing you with quick employment law updates on a bi-monthly basis in a new series called “The Bubbler.” It will let you know what’s what and who’s who in the...more

Retailers to the Rescue

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Hurricane Harvey has traumatized southeastern Texas. With unprecedented rainfall, there are many people who need urgent help. The competitive retail market can be difficult and wonderful all at the same time. We see (time and...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

Beware of Fundraising Scams Following Hurricane Harvey

Following the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, many local and national nonprofits quickly mobilized to respond to survivors’ immediate needs and begin planning for the long-term recovery of...more

Making an Effective (and Tax Deductible) Donation for Disaster Relief

by Moskowitz LLP on

Relief efforts are underway to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey and those affected by the catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Many well-meaning Americans are making donations through a variety of organizations....more

Courts Issue Victories To Conservation Easement Donors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

August brought three wins for taxpayers who donated conservation easements that were challenged by the IRS. In all of the cases, terms of the conservation easement deed document carried the day....more

Hurricane Harvey Client Alert: How Employers and Employees Can Help Those in Need

by Morgan Lewis on

A variety of tax-favored vehicles exist for employers and their employees to donate cash or even accrued leave to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation....more

Still More On Suing The CEO For Social Activism

by Allen Matkins on

Last week, I devoted several posts to the question of suing the CEO for social activism. The catalyst for the discussion was an August 17, 2017 Op-Ed piece by Jon L. Pritchett and Ed Tiryakian in The Wall Street Journal. ...more

Department of Revenue Issues Favorable Ruling for Tax Credit Scholarship Donors - State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

Since the landmark Alabama Accountability Act was enacted in 2013, allowing individual and corporate donors to provide scholarship funds for underprivileged children in our state who are zoned for underperforming public...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Denial of Charitable Tax Deduction For Conservation Easements

On August 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided the case of BC Ranch II, LP, et al., v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, which involved charitable tax deductions based on the creation of conservation...more

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

Failure to Disclose Adjusted Basis on Disclosure Form Costs Taxpayer $33M+ Charitable Deduction

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Under Treas. Regs. §1.170A-13, taxpayers making substantial noncash charitable contributions are required to disclose information regarding the contribution on Form 8283. ...more

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