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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

Updated Historical Federal Transfer Tax Rates, Exemptions, And Related Information Table

In Rev. Proc. 2013-35, the IRS has published inflation-adjusted amounts to various taxes, exemptions, and other items. The unified credit basic exclusion amount for transfer tax purposes, along with the GST tax exclusion, has...more

Wealth Management Update - November 2013

Federal Exclusion from Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes Increases to $5,340,000 in 2014 - In Revenue Ruling 2013-35, the IRS announced certain inflation adjustments to tax exemptions and deductions....more

IRS And Treasury Releases 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan

The Department of the Treasury and the IRS, on August 9, issued their 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan. This plan entails 324 tax law projects that are priorities for the allocation of the government's tax law administrative...more

Treasury Department and IRS Issue Priority Guidance Plan

Plan lays out the agencies' top priorities for the 2013–2014 fiscal year, including those affecting tax-exempt organizations....more

Tips for Deducting Expenses Incurred for Charity Travel

Many people combine their summer travel with charity work. Some travel expenses may be deductible against federal and state income taxes for those who itemize deductions. The IRS recently posted five tax tips for taxpayers...more

IRS Announces Compliance Check Program for Tax-Exempt Employers

Sponsors of 457(b) plans may receive questionnaires aimed at identifying noncompliance issues. On June 3, the Employee Plans Compliance Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the creation of its Section...more

Tax-Exempt Bonds: Post-Issuance Compliance

Does your district have outstanding tax-exempt bond obligations? If yes, the IRS is interested in...more

Municipal Bond Post-Issuance Compliance

Does your municipality have outstanding tax-exempt bond obligations? If yes, the IRS is interested in...more

IRS Releases College And University Compliance Project Final Report – Implications For All Tax-Exempt Organizations

On April 25, 2013, the IRS released its College and University Compliance Project Final Report, which updates the interim report issued in 2010. ...more

Five Years in the Making - IRS Releases Findings from Colleges and Universities Compliance Project

The IRS announced it is nearing completion of a five year long compliance project involving tax-exempt colleges and universities. The project, which began with questionnaires to 400 randomly-selected institutions, focused on...more

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...more

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