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Consider Your Options for Charitable Giving - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

There are many charitable giving options that are available to fit a donor’s specific goals. You do not have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett to make a difference in the world now and after you are gone. Most of our...more

Thinking of Crowdfunding Your Project? Beware – the Taxman Cometh

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released Information Letter 2016-0036 in response to questions regarding the taxation of crowdfunding revenue. In it the IRS concluded that crowdfunding revenue is taxable to the...more

Election Year Updates for Section 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, or the PATH Act, made several changes to tax law applicable to section 501(c)(4) organizations operating this election year. In addition, two relatively recent IRS denials...more

IRS "Free Speech" Act Seeks to Make Charitable Contributions Confidential

On April 26, 2016, a bill intended to modify the reporting requirements for tax-exempt organizations was introduced in the House. The bill, called the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act” (H.R. 5053) seeks to...more

Charitable Remainder Trusts: A Viable Strategy for Building Wealth, Maximizing Tax Deductions, and Supporting a Beloved Charity

While most of us think of charitable giving around the holidays (or around tax time!), for many it is prudent to plan your giving to receive all of the benefits that are available to you. Planned giving comes in many forms...more

2016-17 New York State Budget

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below. Personal Income/Estate Taxes Personal Income Tax rates are scheduled...more

Quid Pro Quo: When a “Gift” is not a Gift

When it comes to properly documenting property and cash donations, most charities are well-versed with the IRS’ substantiation rules. But equally as important to those rules are the disclosure requirements regarding quid pro...more

Donate art and secure a tax break

Valuable works of art may be ideal candidates for charitable donation. Generally, it’s advantageous to donate appreciated property to avoid capital gains taxes. Because the top capital gains rate for art and other...more

Perspectives - March/April - 2016

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations that came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today, ALAN comprises hundreds of supply...more

Tax Court to Exempt Orgs: Substantiate!

While we’re not even three full months into 2016, the United States Tax Court already has decided two cases, which disallowed tax deductions for donors based on a tax exempt entity’s failure to properly substantiate those...more

Provisions Affecting Charities in Proposed Budget

The Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 features several proposals that would impact charitable organizations and their donors, including proposals to streamline the private foundation excise tax on net...more

How to Make Sure You Don't Lose Your Charitable Contribution Deduction

In order for a U.S. taxpayer to deduct contributions to charity on his or her federal income tax return (Form 1040), the taxpayer must comply with very specific rules set forth in the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) which...more

Update: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee...more

Keeping it Together: Foundations, DAFs, and the Problem of Bifurcated Payments

The end of the year brings a flood of gifts and grants to public charities, as well as perennial questions about how the donor will benefit in return. As a general matter, individual donors may receive “benefits” in...more

Thanks But No Thanks: Proposed Charitable Gift Substantiation Regulations Receive a Critical Response

On September 18, the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) proposed regulations relating to the substantiation of charitable contributions made to Section 501(c)(3) organizations. If approved,...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

IRS’s New, Optional Donor Form Causes Confusion

On September 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations to provide an alternative method for substantiating charitable contribution deductions. In connection with these regulations, the IRS will...more

"Tips from IRS for Year-End Gifts to Charity"

On November 25, the Internal Revenue Service published "Tips from IRS for Year-End Gifts to Charity." The goal was to remind "individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity that several important tax law...more

Cross-Border Charitable Activities

The Canada-US treaty provides significant relief for cross-border charitable activities. The treaty, and the competent authority agreement that implements it, says that a religious, scientific, educational, or charitable...more

IRS Proposes New Rules for Substantiating Charitable Contribution Deductions: What Every Charity Needs to Know

Anyone who has ever given to a charity is familiar with the contribution receipt: it thanks the donor for the contribution, indicates the dollar amount of the gift and states that the charity did not provide any goods or...more

IRS Proposes Rules for Donee Charitable Donation Reporting

On September 16, 2015, the IRS issued proposed regulations concerning the time and manner for donee organizations to file information returns that report required information about charitable contributions. The proposed...more

Final Regulations Provide Guidance for Private Foundations Making Foreign Grants

When making grants to foreign organizations, private foundations must conduct costly and time-consuming expenditure responsibility, unless the foundation makes a good faith determination that the foreign organization is...more

No Charitable Set Aside Deduction for Estate Due to Litigation

Under Code Section 642(c)(2) an estate may claim a current charitable contribution deduction for income tax purposes, notwithstanding that the income earned will not be paid or used for a charitable purpose until sometime in...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

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

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