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Embarking on a Career With a Tradition of Public Service

by Proskauer For Good on

Tradition is a funny thing. It can be tempting to dismiss it as something static and fixed, when in fact, it is a dynamic and ever-evolving creature. It is a tradition’s inheritors who determine what to maintain, adapt and...more

Tax Reform: Compensation and Benefits

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The new federal tax reform, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, will change tax liabilities and strategies for many organizations and individuals beginning this year. The following is a summary of key...more

The Good, the Bad, and the Tax-Exempt Organization: The New Tax Bill’s Effect on Benefits and Compensation Offered by Institutions...

by Bryan Cave on

On December 22, President Trump signed “An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018” (“Bill”) into law. The Bill was previously named the...more

Helping Non-Profits Navigate Tax and Labor Issues

by Proskauer For Good on

Amanda Nussbaum, a partner in the Tax Department and a member of the Not-for-Profit Group at Proskauer, chairs a comprehensive seminar each fall for non-profits to discuss current developments and topics of interest related...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), which imposes a new excise tax on certain tax-exempt organizations for compensation paid to their covered employees in excess...more

Tax Act: Taxation of Fringe Benefits After Tax Reform

by WilmerHale on

The Tax Act makes changes to the tax treatment of fringe benefits that impact both employers and employees. Employers are now denied certain deductions to which they were previously entitled, including expenses for parking...more

Tax Reform Could Cost Tax Exempt Entities

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Under the recently enacted tax reform act (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), tax-exempt organizations may be required to pay a 21 percent excise tax on certain compensation and certain separation pay. The new excise tax applies...more

DOL Gives Credit to Unpaid Student Interns After Getting Schooled by the Courts

Over the last few years, several federal courts—and, most recently last month, another appellate court—rejected the Obama administration’s mandatory six-prong test for whether someone can properly be classified as an unpaid...more

New Tax Law Brings Penalties for Top Paid Non-Profit Executives

The “intermediate sanctions” rules under Section 4958 of the Internal Revenue Code have long governed the payment of compensation to executives of public charities. While these rules are highly prescriptive, if followed, they...more

Nonprofit Guide To The “Tax Cuts And Jobs Act”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The 2017 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” impacts tax-exempt organizations in a variety of ways, including by reducing incentives for charitable giving, applying an excise tax on executive compensation in excess of $1 million per...more

Impact on Commuter Benefits Programs

The tax reform bill (H.R. 1) approved by the House and Senate this week, and expected to be signed by the President, eliminates the deduction available to employers for the provision of qualified transportation fringe (“QTF”)...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave on

Employers face a January 31, 2018, due date for filing 2017 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration. This date applies to both electronic and paper filers....more

Tax Reform: Nonprofits and their Executives Brace for Impact

The Senate voted yesterday to begin formal negotiations with the House of Representatives to reconcile their two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that seeks to make sweeping changes to federal tax law....more

Nonprofits Can Avoid Overtime Requirements If They Avoid 'Enterprise' Status

Last year’s proposal to increase the minimum salary to qualify for exemption from federal overtime requirements hit nonprofit employers particularly hard. While the new salary levels never went into effect, many nonprofits...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

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave on

The IRS is providing several types of tax relief for those affected by hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’re monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax...more

Soup, Salvation and Overtime: Sixth Circuit Takes Up Televangelist’s FLSA Appeal

Are you entitled to FLSA coverage if you are doing the Lord’s work? In March 2017, a federal district court in Ohio answered “yes” and awarded almost $400,000 to unpaid employees/volunteers of a church restaurant....more

EEOC Sues Connections CSP For Disability Discrimination

Human Services Provider Unlawfully Fired Employees Who Needed Medical Leave, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, Del. - Connections CSP, Inc., one of Delaware's largest non-profit organizations that provides health care,...more

Supreme Court Rules That Church-Affiliated Hospitals Fall Within ERISA’s Church Plan Exemption

On June 5, a unanimous US Supreme Court reversed decisions of the US Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, holding that a church-affiliated organization that establishes an employee benefits plan falls...more

ERISA Religious Exemption Expanded: SCOTUS Says Church Affiliation is Enough

In a sigh of relief for faith-based healthcare providers, on Monday, June 5th, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a decision authored by Justice Elena Kagan, that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s religious exemption...more

High Court Agrees Pension Plans Sponsored by Church-Affiliated Hospitals Are ERISA-Exempt and Upholds Decades of IRS, PBGC and DOL...

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 5 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a pension plan sponsored by a religious affiliated nonprofit hospital qualifies as an ERISA-exempt church plan even though the plan was not initially...more

The Supreme Court - June 5, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, No. 16-74: This case involves whether three church-affiliated nonprofits that run hospitals and offer...more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

Executive Order Regarding Contraceptive Mandate Directed toward Religious Employers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look into exempting religious employers from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate. Qualifying religious employers...more

UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

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