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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

Financial Statements Must Reflect Services Donated from Affiliates

As a way to conserve precious resources, not-for-profits often share or “pool” personnel/services such as accounting, legal, HR or payroll with a for-profit affiliate. This often occurs at no cost to the not-for-profit....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

Substantiation Rules Are Not Meant to be Broken

The holiday season has passed and it is now tax-filing season. During this time, charitable organizations need to make sure that they are doing everything in their power to assist their donors in following the IRS donation...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

Congress Extends IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution Rule: Action During 2014 Is Required for Taxpayers Interested in Taking...

Individuals who act quickly can receive a tax break for distributions in 2014 from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified charity. For the past four years, a distribution of up to $100,000 from an IRA paid...more

Congress Approves Tax Extension Bill

TWO WEEKS ONLY! SAVE NOW! Congress has finally approved the extenders bill in what is widely viewed as terrible tax policy, but a welcome holiday gift nonetheless. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 extended a...more

Tax Law Alert: The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 Extends Expired or Expiring Provisions

Congress this week passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (the Act), which is expected to be signed by President Obama at any time. The Act renews or extends a number of expired or expiring provisions. Some of the...more

IRA “Charitable Rollover” Retroactively Extended Through 2014

Background - As a part of the so-called “Cromnibus” bill, Congress has extended dozens of expired “temporary” tax breaks for 2014. Included in that group is a rule that allows for tax-free treatment of certain...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Extended

For some, the end of the calendar year means more than just the deadline for charitable contributions for the tax year. December 31 is also the deadline to take certain mandatory distributions from individual retirement...more

Charitable deductions: Substantiate them or lose them

Qualifying for a charitable deduction is, in some respects, a matter of form over substance. The IRS could disallow a deduction, even if it’s otherwise legitimate, if the donor fails to follow the substantiation requirements...more

Six IRS Rules to Follow for Year-End Gifts to Charity

The holiday season is often a time for charitable gift giving. Here is a list of tax rules to follow to ensure your charitable deduction is respected by the IRS: - Qualified Charities. You can only deduct gifts to...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 12 - December 2014

In This Issue: - ALJ Rejects New York City’s Attempt to Forcibly Combine Bank and Its Non-New York City Mortgage Subsidiary - Tribunal Amends Decision Upholding Disallowance of Nonresident Partner’s Loss from...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Currency Control - Banking - Patronage of Arts - Environment - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Excerpt from Patronage of Arts: On 4 November 2014 the President signed Federal...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

Tax Blog: Tax Tips for Gifts to Charity

As the holidays approach and the end of the year draws near, the IRS has again released its list of tips for giving to charity. Of course, these rules apply to obtaining a legitimate tax-deduction for the donation. If that is...more

2014 Extenders Clear the House

For many years now, Congress has contributed to tax uncertainty by extending certain favorable tax provisions on a year by year basis. Thus, for example, in 2014 these extenders have expired. Neither the IRS, who has to...more

Andrew Carnegie’s Advice On Corporate Matching And Avoiding Criminal Prosecutions

Many employers have matching programs for charitable contributions. Under such policies, the employer donates dollars equal to each employee donation to any 501(c)(3) organization. This is American capitalism at work; this is...more

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