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FTC Advisory Opinion Says Hospital’s Proposed Prescription Program for Affiliated Entity Employees is Exempt from Robinson-Patman...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an advisory opinion confirming that a non-profit hospital in New York may sell discounted prescription drugs to the employees of an affiliated medical practice...more

Easy Fix: Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Robert’s Rules just wouldn’t have clout if it didn’t provide a standard order of business. So, it provides a six-part agenda that can get you started... ...more

Senate Tax Bill Maintains Private Activity Bonds While Terminating Advanced Refundings

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Introduced on November 9, 2017, the Senate Tax Bill would maintain private activity bonds (“PABs”). With this positive development, advocates will press Senate committee members to reverse their decision to terminate advanced...more

Updates for Tax-Exempt Organizations from the Senate Markup to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Over the last several days, there have been significant developments relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the pending tax reform legislation in Congress. On Thursday, a detailed summary of the Senate Finance Committee’s...more

Potential Impact of House Tax Reform Bill on Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their tax reform bill (the “Bill”), entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The Bill proposes significant changes to the current U.S. federal income...more

Tax-Exempt Hospitals & Other Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations Not Immune from Federal Tax Reform

As federal tax reform efforts proceed rapidly in both chambers of Congress, tax-exempt hospitals and other tax-exempt healthcare organizations are facing major potential changes. New tax burdens on tax-exempt organizations...more

Congressional Tax Bills Threaten Tax-Exempt Bonds for Non-Profit Hospitals

by Miller Canfield on

As the Senate continues to work to modify the House version of a sweeping tax reform bill, non-profit hospitals face having to pay higher interest rates to borrow if certain types of tax-exempt bonds are eliminated. The...more

Senate Tax Proposal Hits Hospitals, Other Exempt Organizations

by King & Spalding on

On November 9, 2017, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee announced their plan for reforming the Federal tax code, including several provisions that target charitable hospitals and other tax-exempt organizations. Like...more

Senate, House Tax Reform Bills at Odds on Tax Exempt Bonds for Nonprofit Organizations, Including Health Care

by Polsinelli on

On November 9, the Senate released the Joint Committee on Taxation, Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which summarizes the Senate’s version of a “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” bill (the “Senate...more

Senate Tax Overhaul Bill Slaps Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In what can only be described as a brutal attack on the nonprofit sector, the Senate has proposed sweeping changes that would have dramatic adverse effects on all tax-exempt organizations. Whereas the latest version of the...more

5 Basics for Successfully Navigating Your Next Meeting

I’d be a rich woman if had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the parliamentary procedure query, “Why all these rules, anyway?!” Well, I didn’t make them up, and they weren’t hatched recently at all – Robert’s Rules harks...more

Specific Issues for Consideration by Banks, Financial Advisors and 501(c)(3) Organizations arising from the Proposed Tax Cuts and...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Some of the potential impacts of the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), as currently drafted and described in our prior alert are summarized below for consideration. Draw-down bonds with an outstanding amount to...more

Are Big Changes To The Tax Code In Store For Tax Exempt Organizations?

by Murtha Cullina on

Deep within the 429 page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") reside some proposed changes that would have significant ramifications for tax exempt organizations. If the Act were to be enacted "as is" these changes would be...more

Electric Power Supply/Service Agreements: Federal Court Addresses Procedural Motion in Regards to Electric Cooperatives Challenge...

Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative, Inc. and other non-profit electric cooperative corporations (collectively “Co-ops”) filed a breach of contract action (“Complaint”) on June 28th against Louisiana Generating,...more

New Tax Bill Eliminates Many Popular Individual Deductions/Exclusions, Adds Excise Tax and Clarifies IRA/Pension Provisions

On November 2, 2017, House Republicans released their highly anticipated tax reform proposal formally named the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act"). The Act must be approved by both the House and the Senate and signed by the...more

Proposed House tax bill eliminates tax-exempt financing for 501(c)(3) organizations

by Dentons on

On November 2, 2017, the House Republican leadership announced a tax reform proposal that would directly impact the not-for-profit sector. If enacted in its present form, the proposal, effective for bonds issued after...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bill Impacts Philanthropy and Tax-Exempt Organizations

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Bill”). At over four hundred pages, the Bill promises substantial changes to the Internal...more

New Rules for Tax-Exempt Organizations in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Republican Tax Bill Imposes Excise Tax on Wealthy Private Universities and Excess Compensation of Highly Paid Employees; Subjects State Pension Plans to UBTI Rules - On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans led by...more

Potential Elimination of Future Private Activity Bonds (including Qualified 501(c)3 Bonds), Advance Refundings, Tax Credit Bonds,...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a draft of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Bill”). The Tax Bill proposes to eliminate the federal tax exemption of interest income from all private...more

Handy Tips for Keeping Discussion under Control

To let the pros have the floor or the cons.... That is the question. And in America, the home of all things democratic, who gets to speak in an organized meeting is an especially important question: Everyone’s voice is...more

Ropes & Gray, The Boston Foundation and Boston College Present Leading By Example Program on International Philanthropy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The following article is authored by Jean Whitney, a philanthropic advisor at Ropes & Gray. She works with families, charitable trusts and private foundations to implement best practices in charitable giving. Her work...more

Stop “Partnering” And Begin “Strategically Allying”

by Carlton Fields on

Tax exempt organizations often enter into relationships with other organizations that are collaborative in nature rather than merely quid pro quo. These relationships are frequently referred to as “partnerships” by tax exempt...more

Members of Berkshire Museum File Suit Seeking Injunction Against Sale of Art Collection

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Forty Masterpieces of American and European Art Scheduled for Auction - (Boston, MA, October 26, 2017) Sullivan & Worcester LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Berkshire County residents and members of the Berkshire...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017 #4

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Energy and Critical Infrastructure Industries Warned of Increased Attacks by FBI and DHS - The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on October 20, 2017 warning of an increased danger of a...more

Nonprofit Fundraiser Escapes TCPA Case

An Illinois federal judge has ruled that a fundraising company working for a nonprofit, tax exempt organization did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it called a number listed on the National Do...more

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