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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

CRA Ends Political Activities Audit Program for Charities

On January 20, the CRA announced that its controversial political activities audit program for charities has been wound-down. From the CRA news release: The results of the political activities audit program have shown...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

Use of a Limited Liability Company for Charitable Purposes

On December 1, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a letter to his newborn daughter, Max, and shared it with the world (on Facebook, of course). The letter announced the commitment of Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to improve the...more

Don’t Worry: The IRS Isn’t Asking Santa for your Donor’s SSNs

Recently, you may have received emails and alerts concerning proposed IRS regulations requiring charities to disclose donor Social Security Numbers ("SSN"). While donor privacy is a major concern, the proposed regulation...more

Is Your Charitable Contribution Safe?

In a soon-to-be-released article, Charities in Financial Distress: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Donor-Restricted Funds, Richard Fox, Jonathan Blattmachr, and Benjamin Bolas explore one aspect of bankruptcy filings by...more

Creating a Social Network of Tax Savings: The Use of LLCs in Structuring Philanthropic and Public Good Activities

The use of a limited liability company (LLC) by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan as the vehicle for advancing of “philanthropic, public advocacy, and other activities for the public good” has recently received a...more

LLCs: A New Horizon for Charitable Giving?

When Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he was giving away up to 99 percent of his Facebook shares (valued at approximately $45 billion), he was severely criticized for it. Zuckerberg and his wife created the Chan...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2015

December Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs,...more

OIG Authorizes Arrangement to Pay for MRI Services

On November 20, 2015, OIG issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory Opinion No. 15-14, regarding a charitable organization’s arrangement to pay for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for patients afflicted with a...more

California Clarifies Investment Standards for Public Benefit and Religious Corporations

Without a lot of fanfare, the California State Legislature recently passed a bill that seeks to provide some clarity for charities as to how they are supposed to invest their assets. ...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 Blesses Private Foundation Mission-Related Investing: Implications for the Charitable Sector

The IRS has formally confirmed that private foundations may make investments that further their charitable purposes even when those investments do not qualify as permitted program-related investments (“PRIs”) under the...more

New IRS Guidance on Mission-Related Investments

Recent guidance on mission-related investing should give comfort to private foundations that seek to hold their capital in assets consistent with their charitable purpose. Notice 2015-62, released by the Internal Revenue...more

CRA Publishes Reminder on Charities’ Political Activities

Political activities have been a hot topic for the CRA’s Charities Directorate in the last few years. In the CRA’s 2015 Program Update, the Charities Directorate stated that its recent political activity audit included...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 8 - August 2015

Court Of Appeals Affirms Revocation Of Tax Exemption For Public Parking Facilities - Reversing a decision by the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals has held in a 5-2 decision that a charitable organization is not...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

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in...more

Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About

A recent New Jersey Tax Court decision has nonprofit entities on edge. The decision may offer tax authorities the opportunity to pursue payments from nonprofit hospitals and may result in the redefining of tax exemptions by...more

IRS Clarifies Financial Assistance Policy Requirements for Charitable Hospital Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has clarified the requirements for charitable hospital organizations required to adopt a financial assistance policy. For large hospitals or hospitals using the services of multiple private...more

Is Your Nonprofit Hospital’s Property Tax Exemption Safe?

Nonprofit hospital leaders are sitting up and taking notice of a New Jersey Tax Court decision, published June 25, that could have a major impact on health care facilities nationwide (AHS Hospital Corp., d/b/a Morristown...more

IRS Says Hospitals Must List Physicians in Financial Assistance Policies

On June 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance to clarify how charitable hospitals may comply with regulations issued by the Department of Treasury under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...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

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

OIG Approves Charitable Organization's Patient Assistance Program

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving a charitable organization’s proposal to provide financial assistance to individuals with...more

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