Tax Exemptions

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Good intentions: Don’t let asset transfers run afoul of the law

With the current estate tax regime of a high gift and estate tax exemption amount and low estate tax rates, transferring wealth is becoming the focus of estate planning rather than reducing estate tax liability. And with...more

Illinois Courts Consistently Enforce Manufacturing Exemption Despite Department of Revenue Opposition

Illinois courts have issued three taxpayer-friendly manufacturing rulings in 2013 and 2014, underscoring the breadth of the exemption from use tax afforded to equipment and chemicals used in the process of manufacturing....more

Affordable Housing Alert: California’s Property Tax Welfare Exemption Law Amended

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, low income housing projects face a modified legal regime when qualifying for property tax exemptions in California....more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

Portions of Property Exempt for Religious Use

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that portions of a 45-acre tract were entitled to exemption as places of regularly stated religious worship. Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion v. Medford County Board...more

Indiana Property Tax Exemptions: Church Permitted To File Letter In Lieu Of Application; Trade Association Failed To Prove Split...

Church properly used letter of notification (and not official application) to claim exemption; previously granted exemption rolled forward. The Indiana Board of Tax Review applied a 100% property tax exemption to a church...more

Freddie Mac closes first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan

Freddie Mac recently closed its first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan. The loan financed the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 417-unit senior housing community in Dayton, Ohio known as The Lakewoods. The deal...more

The Eye of the Beholder

“A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform.” – former U.S. Senator Russell B. Long (D – Louisiana). “The precise point at which a tax deduction becomes a ‘loophole’...more

Illinois Enacts Legislation Imposing a Self-Procurement Tax While Also Narrowing the Industrial Insured Exception for Transacting...

Illinois will soon begin taxing self-procured insurance premiums for the first time, as required by Senate Bill 3324, now Public Act 98-0978 (the Act). The Act, which was signed into law by Governor Quinn on August 15, was...more

Hospital's Lab Testing for Non-Patients Held to be Related Activity

On July 11, 2014, the IRS released a Technical Advice Memorandum ("TAM") finding that a tax-exempt hospital's income from the performance of laboratory services for non-patients was not subject to the unrelated business...more

IRS Applies 20th Century Analysis To 21st Century Social Organization

Code §501(c)(7) provides an exemption from federal income tax for clubs organized substantially for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes if no part its net earnings inures to the benefit of a private...more

Time Limitations On Receiving Late Proof Of Foreign Status For Portfolio Interest Exemption Payments

Code Section 871(h) provides non-U.S. persons with a valuable exemption from U.S. income taxes on interest paid on registered U.S. obligations, commonly referred to as the portfolio interest exemption. Before a payor is...more

Indiana Property Tax Rulings: Charitable Purpose Exemption For Rented Home And Duplex; Taxpayers Prevail With USPAP Appraisal,...

The following summaries of final determinations by the Indiana Board of Tax Review from the first half of 2014 were prepared by Noeli E. Serna, a 2014 summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels who will be entering her second...more

Vacant Historic Building Qualified For Indiana Property Tax Exemption

In Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Inc. v. Vigo County Assessor, Pet. No. 84-002-11-2-8-02178 (June 10, 2014), a nonprofit Corporation claimed a 100% exemption on a property that was vacant on the March 1, 2011,...more

Thinking of Moving to Florida? Maybe a Little Further South is a Better Option

In an effort to revitalize its economy, Puerto Rico has passed tax laws intending to attract investment to the island. Located two hours from Florida, the Caribbean territory of the U.S. offers several substantial tax...more

To Pay (Directors) or Not to Pay – That is the Question

The question of whether to pay the directors of a tax-exempt organization is hotly contested. Although this practice is legal, there can be drawbacks with providing compensation. Despite the perceived hesitancy to compensate...more

Benesch Perspectives - July 2014 Newsletter

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Giving to Religion Trending Downward for a Decade - What You Can Learn from Giving 2014 - Is the Front Door Closing on the Parsonage...more

New Law Nullifies Property Tax Exemption for Buildings Sold by Nonprofits

What happens to a property tax exemption when a nonprofit sells its building to an entity that will use it for a non-exempt purpose? As of July 1, 2014, and extending through 2015, the new owner will owe property tax on the...more

SEC's MCDC Initiative - The Clock is Ticking

Not-for-profit health care providers that have borrowed on a tax-exempt basis within the last five years should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...more

IRS Introduces New Form 1023-EZ to Streamline Applications for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that is intended to enable small...more

"Nonprofit Traps and Pitfalls"

Many of us lawyers are involved with nonprofits. Some of us assist clients in incorporating and providing legal advice to nonprofits, and others of us serve on nonprofit boards. Nonprofit law is surprisingly complex. ...more

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible...more

Michigan Supreme Court: No Automatic Use Tax Exemption for Purchases from Michigan Sellers – Andrie v Treasury

The Michigan Supreme Court published Andrie, Inc. v Department of Treasury yesterday afternoon, a decision which affects any business client with significant purchases from Michigan sellers. The Court reversed the Court of...more

Being a “good landlord” not enough to prove low income housing qualified for Indiana’s charitable purpose property tax exemption

In Housing Partnerships, Inc. v. Tom Owens, Bartholomew County Assessor, Pet. No. 49T10-1005-TA-23 (June 6, 2014), Taxpayer owned several individual homes, duplexes and small apartment buildings. The properties were rented...more

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