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EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

New requirement for organizations intending to operate under Section 501(c)(4): Submit Form 8976 - New legislation enacted at the end of 2015 added section 506 to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 506 requires an...more

The Myth of Mesivtah – The Mistaken Claim that this Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Changed Tax Exemption Law. It Didn’t.

Many taxing bodies characterize the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Mesivtah Eitz Chaim of Bobov v. Pike County Board of Property Assessment, 44 A.3d 3 (Pa. 2012), as having profoundly changed Pennsylvania charitable...more

IRS Regulatory Guidance for Supporting Organizations

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 made significant changes to the rules applicable to supporting organizations, and in particular Type III supporting organizations. The latest regulatory guidance from the IRS continues the...more

Tax Alert: Reminder about Political Activities of Nonprofits

The 2016 election season is red hot. So, now is the perfect time for a reminder about the political activity prohibitions applicable to public charities and private foundations....more

Treasury Green Book Proposals — Charitable Contribution Deduction Limitations

The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals. One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual...more

Trust as a Fig-Leaf of Poor Compliance and Management

Trust is an important, nurturing presence in the workplace. There is a level of trust inherent in all controls, and NGOs are often dependent on trust, especially in emergency operations, distant field offices, and when...more

Court Reaffirms CA Attorney General’s Demand for Donor List

Donor information is expected to remain confidential. With an apparent thumbs up from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again upheld the position of the California Attorney General (AG)...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Provision Becomes Permanent Law

The IRA charitable rollover provision of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows individuals age 70½ or older to transfer, tax-free, up to $100,000 per year from an IRA to one or more eligible charities, has become permanent...more

IRA Charitable Rollover Made Permanent

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act." Section Q of the Act amends the tax code in several ways in...more

Charities and Mission Investing

Private foundations, community foundations, and other public charities and nonprofit organizations are seeking different, and sometimes innovative, ways to further their charitable purposes. One area receiving increasing...more

Understanding Charities, Foundations, and Tax-Exempt Organizations

On "Giving Tuesday" 2015, Nexsen Pruet attorney Sue Odom shares some insight into the structure and arms of the organizations that touch our lives - and the legal issues involved. These organizations can be classified as a...more

End of the Line – Part II: Year End Tax Planning Strategies

This article is Part II in a series of tax planning strategies for year-end tax planning for the 2015 tax series. The article addresses the Pooled Income Fund (PIF) which as this article demonstrates, has surprising planning...more

Contributions of Art: Elements of a “Boring” Charitable Contribution Deduction

This article highlights some of the more critical income tax issues that taxpayers and their advisors must address when claiming the charitable contribution deduction for the gift of art to art museums. This article does not...more

TCPA Connect - October 2015

After FCC Citation for TCPA Violations, Lyft Changes Terms of Service - Less than a week after the Federal Communications Commission cited Lyft for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by requiring customers...more

IRS Publishes Final Regulations for Equivalency Determinations

Take note of these practical concerns for private foundations making grants to foreign organizations. On September 25, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations for private foundations making good...more

BBA updates Lending Code

BBA and the UK Cards Association have published a revised version of the Lending Code. This self-regulatory code sets standards of good practice when dealing with consumers, micro-enterprises and small charities in the UK for...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

New Foreign Equivalency Determination Regulations

The IRS released final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Sections 4942 and 4945 on September 25, 2015, specifically addressing grants by private foundations to foreign organizations. These final regulations are partly...more

The Noose Tightens: Charitable Exemptions Again Under Attack

For decades, charities in Pennsylvania have enjoyed an exemption from real estate taxation and sales and use taxes. Recently, several Pennsylvania appellate decisions have tightened that exemption. As a result, charities...more

Private Foundations: A Brief Overview of Rules and Practical Steps for Grant-Making

Private Foundation Rules to Remember - Private foundations must follow a variety of rules to avoid the imposition of potentially onerous penalty taxes on the foundation and its related parties...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

Changes to 2014 Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF for Exempt Organizations

While the IRS made only minor changes to Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF for the 2014 tax year, the IRS made significant revisions to Schedule A. ...more

Potential Tax Changes Ahead for Pennsylvania Nonprofits

Pennsylvania charities that rely on exemptions from real property tax and sales and use tax may have good reason to be concerned. A recently released special report prepared by the Pennsylvania Auditor General quantifying...more

Enhancements to Florida's Solicitation of Funds Law Now Effective

In response to the Tampa Bay Times investigative story, "America's Worst Charities," Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to enact material enhancements to Florida's...more

Foreign Tax-Exempt Organizations Exempt from Withholding Tax

Investment funds, including private equity funds, often receive capital contributions from tax-exempt organizations. These tax-exempt institutions may include U.S. and foreign pension funds, as well as U.S. and foreign...more

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