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Keeping Churches and Charities Nonpartisan – House Vote This Week, Senate Soon

Posted in Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, Public Charities, Religious Institutions, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities

As everyone has heard, Congress is moving rapidly on a tax reform bill.  Parts of it do affect nonprofit organizations and their donors:  some minor, some major, a few good, mostly bad. A central concern for many of our clients involves maintaining the absolute prohibition in the Internal Revenue Code on partisan engagement in elections,… Continue Reading

RERI Holdings I, LLC and the Importance of Form 8283

Posted in Charitable Gift Planning, IRS, IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies

A recent Tax Court case, RERI Holdings I, LLC et al. v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. 1 (Jul. 3, 2017), should remind charities and their donors of the importance of full compliance with the substantiation rules and the potential costs of aggressive tax planning. Facts of RERI Holdings To over-simplify the complex facts in RERI Holdings:… Continue Reading

System Outages Cause Delays for Filing Form 8976; IRS Offers to Help Affected Organizations

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, Nonprofit Governance & Ethics, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities, Uncategorized

The initial deadline for new self-declared 501(c)(4) organizations to notify the IRS of their existence was September 6.  However, system outages on that day, and since, caused delays that may have prevented organizations from filing on time. The IRS released a statement today promising to “work with you to ensure that you are not subjected… Continue Reading

Good News for CRATs!

Posted in Charitable Gift Planning, IRS

A charitable remainder annuity trust (“CRAT”) is a trust that pays a fixed amount to a beneficiary (typically the donor) for his/her life or a term of years, and then pays the remainder to one or more charities.  The fixed amount is generally defined as a percentage of the initial value of the asset(s) contributed… Continue Reading

Section 501(c)(4) Notice Requirement: IRS Implements New Notice System for Organizations Claiming Exemption Under Section 501(c)(4), Announces Updated Compliance Deadlines

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, Nonprofit Structures, Relationships & Transactions, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities

The IRS has finally caught up with Congress with respect to the new notice requirement for new organizations claiming exemption under Section 501(c)(4).  Narrowly (?) missing its self-imposed July 1 deadline for implementing this requirement, the IRS last week released new temporary (and proposed) regulations, a Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc. 2016-41) explaining the notification system,… Continue Reading

IRS to Roll Out New Section 501(c)(4) Notice System on July 1?

Posted in AG, IRS, FTB, & Property Tax Proceedings, Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, Nonprofit Structures, Relationships & Transactions, Tax Treatment of Lobbying & Political Activities

A while back, we blogged about a new notification requirement for organizations claiming exemption under Section 501(c)(4) imposed by Congress’s adoption last December of the PATH Act of 2015.  The Path Act created a new section of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 506, which requires new and certain existing (see below) Section 501(c)(4) organizations to… Continue Reading

New IRS Notification Requirement for Section 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations

Posted in Formation & Tax Exempt Status, IRS, IRS, FTB & Attorney General Controversies, Unions, Associations, Clubs & Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

UPDATE: In Notice 2016-09, the IRS indicated that the notification requirement will not go into effect until “at least 60 days from the date” it issues regulations implementing Section 506, and no penalties will be assessed against any Section 501(c)(4) organization that submits the required notice by the due date provided in those regulations.  … Continue Reading