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Seventh Circuit: Plaintiffs Lacked Standing to Challenge Tax Exemption for Ministerial Rental Allowances

In November 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin declared unconstitutional Section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, which excludes from gross income rental allowances paid to ministers as...more

Freedom From Religion Foundation: 7th Circuit Reminds That Standing Is Every Plaintiff's Cross to Bear

There is something to be said for not paying your taxes. At least, that is one lesson that the plaintiffs may have learned from the Seventh Circuit’s opinion last Thursday in Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Lew, No....more

On-Premises Fringe Benefits, Part I: Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

It is no secret that many Silicon Valley employers serve free gourmet meals to their employees—the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit magazine, Time, Forbes, and other media sources have reported on this benefit. In addition,...more

ACO Participation By Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations – Is Tax-Exempt Financing at Stake?

Does A Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organization’s Participation in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Adversely Affect Its Tax-Exempt Financing? IRS Notice 2014-67 Provides Guidance....more

IRS Provides Increased Flexibility on Management Contracts for Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Property

On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2014-67 (the “Notice”), which provides important guidance and increased flexibility for issuers and conduit borrowers of tax-exempt bonds regarding contracting...more

Tax Law Blog: More 2015 Tax Numbers Released, Including Tax Brackets

I previously posted about the increase in retirement plan contribution limits for 2015. This week the IRS announced the tax brackets, personal exemption, and standard deduction amounts for tax year 2015. To be clear, the new...more

Internal Revenue Service Releases Notice Liberalizing the Private Business Use

On October 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Notice 2014-67 (the “Notice”), providing guidance with respect to Accountable Care Organizations and their use of tax-exempt bond financed projects. The...more

IRS Releases Favorable Private Business Use Rules for Facilities Financed With Tax-Exempt Bonds

On October 24, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-67, which establishes more favorable safe harbors for types of service contracts and other arrangements using property financed with tax-exempt bonds. The Notice also provides...more

Notice 2014-67 ?? Safe Harbors for ACOs and a New Management Contract Safe Harbor for Everyone

On Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service released interim guidance, Notice 2014-67, on whether a state or local government entity or an organization described in §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986,...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

What to Consider When Changing Your Mission Statement

A wise person once said, “The only thing that is constant in life is change.” This principle lends itself well to the world of nonprofit organizations. A variety of factors cause nonprofit organizations to change. From...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

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

IRS clarifies procedures for organizations with pending exemption applications that fail to file Form 990

The Internal Revenue Service last month published a memorandum for its exempt organizations specialists regarding the treatment of exempt organizations still awaiting their determination letters that have failed to file an...more

Frank Aragona Trust: A Taxpayer Win

In a case of first impression, Frank Aragona Trust v. Commissioner, 142 T.C. No. 9 (Mar. 27, 2014), the Tax Court held that a trust could materially participate in a trade or business based upon the activities of the...more

Application For Tax Exempt Status To Be Eased By IRS – Except For The Tea Party

In 2013, the IRS revealed that it had selected ”social welfare” groups (like the Tea Party) applying for tax-exempt status for closer scrutiny. That investigation is still ongoing and it has given the IRS a black eye....more

D.C.’s Less Charitable Approach to Property Tax Exemptions for Non-Profits

Under District of Columbia law, organizations that own buildings in D.C. used for purposes of public charity principally in the District are entitled to property tax exemptions. (D.C. Code § 47-1002(8)). However, in light...more

IRS Introduces New Procedures for Reinstatement of Tax-Exempt Status

Tax-exempt organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked because of failure to file required annual returns for three consecutive years can follow new procedures for seeking reinstatement of their...more

Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments in 2013 and Priorities for 2014

In 2013, courts were active in issues relating to Indian tribes, including ruling on state tax matters and the federal income tax aspects of Section 17 corporations. The top 10 Indian tribal tax developments from 2013...more

Tax-Exempt Hospitals: IRS Issues Proposed Revenue Procedure to Correct and Disclose Failure to Meet 501(r) Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on December 30, 2013 issued a proposed revenue procedure that outlines steps to correct and disclose failures to meet the requirements of new section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

IRS Releases Two Notices for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued two notices related to Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides guidelines for hospital organizations wishing to retain tax-exempt status. Notice...more

U.S. Tax Court Decision Shows Importance of Carefully Drafting Settlement Agreements

In Sharp v. Commissioner, the United States Tax Court once again demonstrated the importance of carefully crafting settlement agreements and reaffirmed that emotional distress damages are taxable income to the recipient....more

IRS Changes the Game?

On Wednesday November 26, 2013, the US Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidance, subject to a comment period, that would limit the scope of permissible political activities of 501(c)(4)...more

Tax Law Blog: Interactive Form to Assist in Applying for 501(c)(3) Status

The IRS has started a "Stay Exempt" program for exempt organizations to assist in applying for and maintaining tax-exempt status. The website has tips and links to resources and online training videos in an effort to "ensure...more

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