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IRS Releases Revenue Procedure 2017-53 on Foreign Public Charity Equivalence Determinations

Posted in Grantmaking & Social Investing, International Charitable Transactions & Operations, Private Foundations, Public Charities

Yesterday, September 14, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-53, which international grantmakers and their tax advisors have eagerly awaited.  As background, private foundations making grants directly to foreign organizations generally must use one of two grantmaking procedures―expenditure responsibility or foreign public charity equivalency.  (The latter is known as “FPCE” for short, and also sometimes… Continue Reading

IRS Commissioner Hints at Timing for New Political Regulations, Summarizes Thousands of Public Comments

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

We looked at IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s written statement to the Senate Finance Committee, with attached documents, submitted with his testimony on Tuesday, October 27, at http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/27OCT2015Koskinen.pdf. Here’s what’s newsworthy: First, from the Commissioner’s oral testimony and from his prepared statement, the IRS and Treasury have not been intimidated by Republican calls to discontinue the… Continue Reading

Treasury Releases Final Regulations for Private Foundations Making International Grants Using Foreign Public Charity Equivalence Determinations

Posted in Grantmaking & Social Investing, International Charitable Transactions & Operations, Private Foundations

Treasury will release tomorrow final regulations regarding private foundations and their use of a process called “foreign public charity equivalence” or “equivalency determination.” Treasury’s hope in issuing these regulations is to facilitate international grantmaking while ensuring that foundation equivalency determinations are appropriately made. Background and 2012 proposed regulations. As explained in a prior post, before… Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee Hearing on IRS and Political Tax Law

Posted in Private Foundations, Public Charities, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

I had the honor of testifying in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, chaired by Senator Ted Cruz, about the current IRS work on developing regulations to define political campaign activity for tax-exempts.  (The picture below shows us, the witnesses, being… Continue Reading

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations for Private Foundations

Posted in Grantmaking & Social Investing, International Charitable Transactions & Operations, Private Foundations

The Department of the Treasury and the IRS have just released proposed regulations for private foundations.  Here’s a look at what they say. Expanding class of tax practitioners on whose opinions private foundations can rely for foreign public charity equivalency.  Currently, private foundations wishing to make grants to non-U.S. charities generally have to exercise expenditure responsibility… Continue Reading