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Avoid Scams and Ensure Tax Deductions When Donating to Hurricane Relief

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you may be looking to make a charitable donation to support relief efforts. With dozens of organizations accepting donations, it can be difficult to know (1) whether you are donating...more

Beware of Fundraising Scams Following Hurricane Harvey

Following the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, many local and national nonprofits quickly mobilized to respond to survivors’ immediate needs and begin planning for the long-term recovery of...more

Practical Issues Facing Nonprofits Structuring New Market Tax Credit Deals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Since the Great Recession, nonprofits have been receiving less support from budget-constrained governmental agencies and fewer contributions from the private sector. Similarly, many state and other nonprofit universities have...more

Charities: Increased Corporatisation and Its Impact On The Pro Bono Space

by Morgan Lewis on

The increased adoption of a corporate structure by charities has resulted in enhanced pro bono opportunities for law firms in Singapore....more

An Overview of Private Charitable Foundations

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A private foundation is a powerful tool for charitable giving. It is means of advancing your individual, family, or corporate mission and legacy through supporting those causes which you value the most....more

Potential Risks From Pet Therapy Programs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pet therapy programs have been expanding throughout the country, based largely on the increasing recognition that humans benefit from the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond is defined by the American Veterinary Medical...more

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies Eligibility For Charitable Property Tax Exemption

by Fraser Trebilcock on

This week the Michigan Supreme Court in Baruch SLS Inc v Township of Tittabawassee (MSC Docket No 152047) clarified how the factors are to be considered in determining whether real property is exempt from...more

Donating Fund Interests: A “Why Now?” and “How To” Primer

Due to increased valuation of public and private equities, coupled with the upcoming end of the sunset provision that allows hedge fund managers to defer taxation on fees earned offshore, there is an increased interest among...more

501(r) Audits Are Here: What You Need to Know

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The Affordable Care Act imposed new requirements on tax-exempt hospitals under Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. Section 501(r) and its implementing regulations present a complex framework intended to promote...more

President Trump’s New Johnson Amendment Executive Order: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

Earlier last week we reported on proposed bills regarding the repeal or modification of the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

We Need a License To . . . Be a Charity?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Wait a minute! Haven't we done everything we're supposed to do? We've clearly defined our charitable mission. We formed our non-profit corporation. We got our 501(c)(3) determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service...more

Jimmy Chen Seminar Attendees and Clients at Risk of Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past summer, Jimmy J. Chen, accountant and promoter of private charitable foundations, was charged with six felony counts of tax evasion. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Chen apparently used his tax-exempt ChenSung Family...more

For Many Nonprofits, May 15 Is Tax Filing Deadline and Marks ‘Start of the Year’ Review

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

For nonprofit organizations, the IRS Form 990 return must be filed on or before the 15th day of the fifth month following the fiscal year-end – or May 15 for those using a Dec. 31 year-end. This deadline should also...more

Private Foundations: A Primer for the Business Owner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Many successful business owners attribute some part of their financial success to their community. The term “community” may have a different meaning from one business owner to another. In some cases, it may refer to the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals' Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

There have been two new developments in the long running saga over a charitable property tax exemption for hospitals in Illinois....more

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

The not to be underestimated ‘not-for-profit requirement’ in Australia

by Dentons on

In a recent Tribunal decision, Deputy President McCabe has affirmed the decision of the Minister for Education and Training (Minister) to revoke the approval of Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited (MFISL) as an approved...more

UPDATE: Can an Intended (and Disappointed) Beneficiary Still Sue a Will’s Drafter?: The General Assembly of Virginia Enacts a...

by LeClairRyan on

Back in the summer I wrote a post discussing the impacts of the Thorsen decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In Thorsen, a testator wanted to leave her estate to a charity if her daughter did not survive her. The...more

Charitable Contributions: Acknowledgements, Appraisals and the IRS's Strict Rules: Tax Update, Volume 2017, Issue 2

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tax season has begun, and it is crucial for any taxpayer claiming a charitable contribution deduction to be aware of the acknowledgment rules. Before the taxpayer files a tax return claiming a charitable deduction of $250 or...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Recent Updates from the Attorney General’s Nonprofit Division

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Several attorneys from the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Office of the Attorney General (the Division) participated in an engaging panel discussion at the Boston Bar Association last week. The...more

Charitable Organizations And Political Activities

by Dickinson Wright on

Recent media attention has been given to proposals to repeal the prohibition on political activities by charitable organizations exempt from taxation under IRC 501(c)(3) – commonly referred to as the “Johnson Amendment”. ...more

Understanding UPMIFA: Delegation of Management and Investment of Endowment Funds

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA or the Act) was adopted in 2006 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as the successor to the Uniform Management of Institutional...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

Alabama Ethics Commission Update

Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission (the “Commission”) held its first of six scheduled meetings for the year. At the meeting, the Commission issued a new opinion addressing charitable solicitations and amended a...more

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