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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

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

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

Booster Club's Revenues: Supportive of a Charity or Reducing Parental Obligations? - Tax Court Finds Substantial Private Inurement...

Booster clubs have long been used as fundraising arms for affiliated sports organizations. Establishing a booster club as a 501(c)(3) public charity provides the added benefit of enabling contributors to booster clubs to...more

David: Charitable Tax Credit Allowed For Amounts Paid For Inflated Donation Receipts

Where a taxpayer receives an inflated donation receipt, may the taxpayer claim a charitable donation credit for the cash amount of the gift?...more

The Camp US tax reform proposal: what’s inside?

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) this week introduced a draft of the most comprehensive reform of the Internal Revenue Code in decades. The key principles in the draft are: (1) a...more

Tax Tip: Don't Lose Your Charitable Deduction for Lack of Paperwork - A message from tax attorney Paul Topolka, former District...

Charitable contributions are only deductible if you itemize and have the proper substantiation. For cash contributions of less than $250, you must have either a cancelled check/credit card receipt or a written...more

Appraiser’s Error Results in Severe Penalties For Taxpayers who Convey Conservation Easement

In November 2013, the United States Tax Court upheld the charitable deduction for a conservation easement claimed on the taxpayers’ income tax return but reduced its value and upheld the 40 percent gross valuation...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8. No. 4 -- December 2013

IRS Explains Federal Tax Consequences of Windsor Case Regarding Same-Sex Marriages - In our last report (Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2013), we told you about the recent Windsor case, in which the Supreme Court held...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

Fully Appreciating Year-End Charitable Gifts

As year-end approaches, many of you are finalizing your charitable gifts for the year. For tax deductibility purposes, charitable contributions are governed by several rules. One of the best strategies to reduce your...more

IRS Issues Updated Guidance for Vehicle Donations

We’ve all heard and read the radio and newspaper ads that encourage donors to contribute their vehicles to charity. The advertisements attempt to convince donors to donate their old “jalopies” (whether they run or not) and...more

New Law Requires Oregon Nonprofits to Satisfy Program Expenditure Test to Receive Deductible Charitable Contributions

Many Oregon nonprofit organizations will soon face an additional hurdle to receiving contributions that are deductible as charitable contributions for purposes of Oregon’s income or corporate excise tax....more

Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013

On June 21, the Alabama Department of Revenue (“ADOR” or “Department”) released proposed rules interpreting the landmark Alabama Accountability Act of 2013 (“AAA” or “Act”), Acts of Alabama 2013-64, as amended by Acts of...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8, No. 2 -- May 2013

President’s fiscal year 2014 budget contains numerous tax provisions - President Barack Obama released his proposed budget for the government’s fiscal year 2014 on April 10, 2013, and, not surprisingly, the budget...more

Estate, Gift, and GST Taxes in 2013: American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and Other News (Oregon)

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) was signed into law on Jan. 2, 2013, avoiding dramatic changes to tax exemptions and tax rates on transfers subject to federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping...more

Tax Season Alert: The IRS May Attempt to Disallow Your Charitable Deductions

As you compile your tax material for the preparation of your 2012 income tax returns, now is the perfect time to examine your files to ensure you have all required records to support your charitable contributions,...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012 - The Effects On Charitable Giving

In This Issue: - Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations - Other Law Changes Affecting Charitable Contributions - Excerpt from Major Tax Provisions Relating to Charitable Organizations: The...more

2013 Tax Update Letter

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This letter provides you with a summary of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) with respect to the key estate and gift tax provisions, and presents some thoughts on wealth...more

The Fiscal Cliff Deal - What does it mean for you and your business?

In the early morning hours of January 1, 2013, the Senate approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) by a vote of 89-8. Less than 24 hours later, the House of Representatives also approved the Act by a vote...more

IRS Announces Deadline to Make 2012 Charitable/IRA Rollovers

On January 16, 2013, the IRS issued a notice (IR-2013-6) advising that certain IRA owners have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for 2012. IRA owners age 70½ or older have...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

2013 Brings Estate, Gift & GST Tax “Permanency” At Last

The uncertainty of the last two years was put to rest on January 2, 2013 when President Obama signed into law the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (ATRA). The new law saved us from the “Fiscal Cliff” and forestalled...more

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