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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

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

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

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

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

'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

IRS Acts Quickly to Facilitate Donations for Ebola Victims and Offer Tax Relief

While employers and employees alike are asking questions about the proper workplace response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, these same folks are also asking how they can help the victims, their families and those who...more

Qualifying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status is Tricky

The entities in the following IRS Technical Advice Memorandum and Private Letter Rulings failed to qualify for tax exempt status because they were not operated exclusively for exempt purposes. An organization must be...more

Religious Institutions: August 2014

If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had a moratorium on enforcing §501(c)(3) electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations, the IRS states that it has been lifted incident to the settlement and...more

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

2013 was something of a lost year for the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division of the IRS. In the spring, the Division was embroiled in a controversy involving the targeting of conservative advocacy groups that led to the...more

Substantiation is a Requirement to Deduct a Charitable Contribution

Donors must receive acknowledgment letters from charitable organizations in order to deduct contributions of $250 or more. See IRS Publication 1771....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

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

‘Tis the Season – For Year-End Charitable Giving

Most people make the bulk of their charitable contributions during the year-end holiday season. This post summarizes some of the charitable giving ideas and opportunities, as well as some planning reminders, that donors may...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

Deductible Charitable Contributions Can Be Made Through An Agent

Most taxpayers making charitable contributions will transfer their own funds or property to the charitable recipient. What happens if another person or entity makes the actual transfer to the charitable recipient?...more

Tips for Deducting Expenses Incurred for Charity Travel

Many people combine their summer travel with charity work. Some travel expenses may be deductible against federal and state income taxes for those who itemize deductions. The IRS recently posted five tax tips for taxpayers...more

Tax Court Deals Another Blow to Conservation Easements

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Tax Court disallowed a couple’s deduction for the donation of a conservation easement on the façade of a building to the National Architectural Trust, a qualified charitable organization. The court...more

Side Agreement Voids Charitable Deduction

Most tax attorneys perk up when they hear the term “side agreement.” Oftentimes, the side agreement is simply a method to hide a part of a transaction from the IRS, that if known to the IRS would likely have adverse tax...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

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...more

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