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Where the First Amendment and Land Use Meet: Planet Aid v. City of St. Johns

Generally speaking, land use regulations and zoning laws arise from practical and aesthetic concerns and considerations, and are driven by state and local law. However, sometimes a community’s desire to regulate a seemingly...more

New York advocacy groups and tax-exempts face additional disclosure obligations

Recent judicial and administrative decisions in New York State should put not-for-profit organizations, advocacy groups and similar entities on notice about their disclosure and transparency obligations in New York....more

What is Crowdfunding Anyway?

Rarely has a capital markets concept been more ambiguous, and potentially more confusing, than crowdfunding. It seems that everyone has his or her own definition, which sometimes varies depending on the circumstances. ...more

Lessons Learned in Conservation Partnerships

The Internal Revenue Code has provided an incentive under Section 170(h) for charitable conservation gifts. Since at least 2002 there has been an interest in combining through partnership those land owners who may have little...more

New Nevada Commerce Tax Effective July 1, 2015

While not purporting to give specific advice on Nevada tax law, the following is a summary of some of the general principals underlying the new tax law. A new Nevada Commerce Tax (“NCT”) was signed into law by Nevada Governor...more

Low Interest Rate Is High Time for Some Estate Planning Ideas

When practitioners and clients think of estate planning, several goals typically come to mind: (1) identifying family members and charitable organizations to whom or for whose benefit assets are to be given; (2) ensuring that...more

New Tennessee Business Related Laws Go Into Effect

Hundreds of new Tennessee laws went into effect on July 1, 2015. The following is a summary and link to several new laws which can affect Tennessee businesses. SB 1058 – Wrongful discharge for firearms and...more

Tennessee Non-Profits Take Note: Failure to Register May Result in Significant Fines

Over the last few of months, the Tennessee Department of State, Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming (the “Division”) has filed at least seven lawsuits against non-profit organizations doing business in Tennessee....more

Co-branding Credit Cards with Charities: Commercial Co-Venture Issues

A cobranded credit card program in which the “merchant” is in fact a charity may be subject to special rules relating to the regulation of “commercial co-ventures” (also known as “cause-related marketing”). Issuers and...more

Regulators' Actions Against Charities that Swindled $187 Million from Donors Serve as Compliance Reminder

On May 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 58 agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia filed a complaint charging four cancer charities and the individuals controlling them with allegedly...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

United States Tax Court, Bob R. Davis and Erin Davis, Petitioners v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent (Published...

Shareholder Marcus Brooks served as lead counsel in Bob R. Davis and Erin Davis, Petitioners v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Respondent. The case involved a charitable deduction for a bargain sale to a public charity....more

Sixth Circuit Rules Against St. Johns, Michigan Ordinance Banning Charitable Donation Bins

In a decision that should be of interest to many of our readers, the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a federal district court’s ruling that an ordinance in the City of St. Johns, Michigan (City) prohibiting the use of charitable...more

Gavel to Gavel: Follow crowd with care

For some at the age of this author, a CARE package is known and remembered from when it was first offered and popularized after the end of World War II by Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere Inc. as an emergency...more

Legal Issues in Cause-Related Marketing

Cause-related marketing is frequently used by businesses to bolster sales, improve brand reputation, and improve public relations. Under the laws of a number of states, when a business advertises that it will make a...more

Special Tax Deduction for Slain NY Officers

Last week the IRS announced a special tax option for contributions to taxpayers who make cash contributions to certain charitable organizations. The Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015 applies to taxpayers making...more

Documenting Your Gifts to Charity: Don’t Jeopardize Your Charitable Deduction

April 15th is fast approaching. This is the time of year when many of our clients ask us how to properly document charitable contributions. In several recent cases, donors have been denied all or a portion of their...more

Threat of Litigation Eliminates Charitable Set Aside Deduction for Estate

Estates and trusts with charitable beneficiaries often seek to employ the Code Section 642(c) charitable set aside deduction for income earned by the estate and trust that will eventually (but not in the current tax year) be...more

Congressional Proposals for Nonprofit Tax Breaks and Extenders

In February, the House of Representatives passed several tax bills and the Senate Finance Committee approved several tax bills that, if ultimately enacted, would impact tax-exempt organizations....more

Maximize Your Charitable Gift With Your IRA

Valentine’s Day is a great time to count your blessings and make good on your charitable intentions. Why not provide for your loved ones while also providing for a charity that is near and dear to your heart? Clients with an...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Recent Health Care Updates

On January 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to propose changes to the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHR Incentive Program). According to CMS, the rule will address...more

Donor Advised Funds: A Popular Way to Give to Charity

In recent years, donor advised funds have become a popular alternative to private foundations and supporting organizations for many donors. Donor advised funds allow donors to receive some of the benefits associated with a...more

Brands weigh benefits, risks of ‘cause-related marketing’

The morning after the last game of the 2014 World Series, Joe Torre got up early, put on a new uniform and flew to New York to get to work. Torre isn’t trying to make a comeback as a manager. The Hall of Famer and World...more

President Approves One-Year Extension of Charitable IRA Rollover

On December 19th, President Obama signed H.R. 5771, known as the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.” Among other things, this legislation extends the favorable charitable IRA rollover rule to gifts made in 2014. ...more

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