Hurricane Relief – Donor Beware!

Familiarize yourself with the organization, its mission, and its effectiveness before giving. Always ask for information in writing – be wary if an organization will not provide information about charitable programs and finances upon request. Any legitimate organization will be happy to send you information. Check guidestar.org to review the organization’s financial data and learn more about its mission and finances. Understand that its common for scammers to set-up websites with confusing similar names to well-known charities to steal personal information from those trying to donate. Scammers are also known to set up fake GoFundMe accounts. Continue Reading

Arizona Corporation Commission – Online Services

In May 2018, the Arizona Corporation Commission released a major update to their website’s online services.  Users can create an online account, submit and manage documents for new formations, annual reports, and other organizational information changes.  This system is helpful for entities that represent multiple groups (e.g. a registered agent) as it allows the user to… Continue Reading

Fundraising – When to Seek Permission

Fundraising to carry-out a nonprofit’s charitable purpose is necessary for the survival of the organization.  However, holding a 501(c)(3) tax exemption does not give unlimited permission to fundraise.  Many nonprofits are unaware of charitable solicitation laws within their own state much less other states where they may be asking for and/or receiving contributions. Continue Reading

Changes to Form 1023-EZ

The IRS has revised Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and its instructions which went into effect January 10, 2018. The $275 1023-EZ user fee remains the same. The changes are designed to reduce filing errors and increase compliance with respect to those eligible to file Form 1023-EZ. Form 1023-EZ filers must now complete the following: Continue Reading

Good News for Nonprofits Moving to a New State

The IRS recently issued a favorable ruling for nonprofits looking to move their domicile from one state to another. Common reasons that nonprofits seek to change their state of incorporationinclude a change in physical location, increasing regulatory burdens, or a lack of meaningful connection to the original state of incorporation. In such cases, Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Tax Exempt Organization Provisions

he Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1 ) is on its way to the White House for President Trump’s expected signature before the weekend. The bill is set to bring about widespread changes to the US tax code for both businesses and individual Americans. However, it also impacts tax-exempt organizations.  Continue Reading

Moving a Nonprofit to Another State

Nonprofits leaders often desire to move their nonprofit organization’s legal domicile from one state to another. Leadership may decide to move and wish to take the organization with them. In cases where the work is dispersed around the country, the organization may become frustrated with burdensome regulation in the state where it is domiciled and decide shop for a more favorable legal home.
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Proposed Changes to Form 1023-EZ

On September 28, 2017, the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities division released its FY 2018 work plan. Of interest to nonprofits and their advisors, the IRS is planning to make changes to Form 1023-EZ early in 2018. These changes are in response to the concerns of stakeholders regarding whether the 1023-EZ process requires too little information. Continue Reading

Nonprofit Law Jargon Buster – What is a “Registered Agent”?

Nonprofits corporations are required to have a registered agent in their state of domicile and in each state where they are registered to do business. The purpose of a registered agent is to ensure that there is a place with a street address (as opposed to a P.O. Box) where an organization can be contacted or served with notice of a lawsuit or other legal action. Continue Reading

Sharing Employees

When affiliated nonprofits work closely together, it is often cost effective to have some shared staff. When structuring shared staffing arrangements, it is important to carefully consider and document how costs will be allocated between the organization. Common arrangements include employee leasing and employee loan arrangements.
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Winos Rejoice! Arizona’s New Liquor Laws for Charities

Charitable organizations in Arizona may serve and auction alcohol at fundraising events provided that they obtain the necessary special event licenses. Additionally, civic organizations, religious organizations, and fraternal organizations in existence for more than five years with regular membership are eligible to apply for special event licenses. Continue Reading