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Payroll Tax Holiday and Retention Credit for Hiring Unemployed Workers

To help stimulate the hiring of workers by the private sector, the new law exempts any private-sector (meaning non-governmental) employer that hires a worker who had been unemployed for at least 60 days from having to pay the employer’s 6.2% share of the Social Security payroll tax on that employee for the remainder of 2010. A company could save a maximum of $6,621 if it hires an unemployed worker and pays that worker at least $106,800—the maximum amount of wages subject to Social Security taxes—by the end of the year. The benefit is available to both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations. Continue Reading

2009 Tax Deductions for 2010 Haiti Earthquake Relief Donations

Congress recently passed a law permitting taxpayers to claim a deduction on their 2009 tax return for contributions to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti made before March 1, 2010. Under prior law, donations made following the January 12 earthquake would not be eligible for a deduction until the donor files their 2010 tax return.… Continue Reading

IRS’ 2009-2010 Priority Guidance Plan Items Impacting Tax-exempt Organizations

The joint Department of Treasury/Internal Revenue Service priority guidance plan for 2009-2010 contains the following items of interest to tax-exempt organizations:Revenue procedure to provide terms for hosts of Cyber Assistant software (used to generate Form 1023 exemption applications eligible for reduced user fee). Continue Reading

EO Exemption Application User Fees to Increase in 2010

Here’s a tip for nonprofits planning to apply for tax exempt status:  submit the application for exemption in 2009, before the fees increase. The IRS has announced it is implementing an online application system known as Cyber Assistant in 2010. Once it’s launched, the application fees will change again and there will be a reduced fee for… Continue Reading

Proposal to Abolish the Rebuttable Presumption

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that Sen. Grassley is once again attempting to change the rules that impact how certain exempt organizations set executive compensation. This time, Sen. Grassley wants to do away with the “rebuttable presumption process” that exempt entities have been relying on to provide some measure of assurance that their compensation decisions will not trigger intermediate sanctions. Continue Reading

More Congressional Outrage Over Nonprofit Executive Compensation

As evidenced by the recent media coverage of the salaries paid to CEOs of four nonprofits that contract with the government to deliver U.S. foreign aid, nonprofit executive compensation continues to be an area of keen interest for the media and for key members of Congress. Continue Reading