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Nonprofit Tax

Form 1023-EZ
Nonprofit Tax

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.

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Johnson Amendment
Nonprofit Tax

The Johnson Amendment: Keeping Charities Nonpartisan Since 1954

The Johnson Amendment ensures that 501(c)(3) organizations remain above the political fray by withholding exempt status (or revoking it) from organizations that engage in any amount of political activity. Requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to abstain from involvement in political activity ensures that they are able to remain dedicated to their missions without the distraction and divisiveness that partisan politics creates.

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Nonprofit Joint Venture
Nonprofit Tax

Creating Joint Ventures with For-Profits

To reduce the risk to the tax-exempt organization, the tax-exempt partner should exercise sufficient power and control over the joint venture’s activities to ensure the joint venture operates in furtherance of its tax-exempt purposes. Tax-exempt organizations must be particularly careful when entering into joint ventures structured as partnerships or LLCs because the IRS attributes the activities of such entities to its owners.

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Washington's B&O tax
Nonprofit Tax

Tax Exempts and Washington’s B&O Tax

Many tax-exempt organizations in Washington are still subject to business and occupation tax at both the state and local level. For B&O tax purposes, nonprofit organizations are generally presumed taxable in the same manner as for profit organizations.

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Donations Prior to Exemption
Nonprofit Tax

Accepting Donations Prior to Exemption

Newly formed charities often encounter a chicken and egg problem. They wish to begin their operations before they receive formal approval of their tax-exempt status but they can’t attract funding until they receive their federal 501(c)(3) determination.

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Form 8976
Nonprofit Tax

Form 8976 -New Requirement for Section 501(c)(4) Organizations

Code Section 506 aims to remedy this problem by requiring organizations to notify the IRS of their intent to operate as a Section 501(c)(4) organization. The IRS has developed a new form for this purpose “ Form 8976 “ that organizations should use to provide this notification.

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Arizona Tax Credit Program
Nonprofit Tax

Big Changes in Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credits

The State Legislature recently passed increases to the Arizona Tax Credits. For nonprofits, this means that in order to increase contributions to your organization, your tax credit marketing needs to be reevaluated and addressed now.

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Social Welfare Organization
Nonprofit Tax

Big Changes for Social Welfare Organizations

The recently enacted Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act) imposes a new requirement for Code Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to notify the IRS of their existence within sixty (60) days of their incorporation.

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LLCs as Charitable Vehicles
Nonprofit Tax

LLCs as Philanthropic Vehicles

The groundbreaking Facebook founder has once again broken with tradition and formed his philanthropy as an LLC. Clients have questioned the benefits of choosing to forgoe the traditional private foundation in favor of an LLC. We are here to break it down.

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Donations Benefitting Individuals
Grantmaking and Gift Planning

Donations Benefiting Individuals

Donors wishing to help the victims of a tragedy, a serious illness, or other major hardship are often surprised to learn that gifts earmarked for specific individuals are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. This rule catches many donors off guard as it is not intuitive that gifts made to individuals who are clearly in need would not be considered charitable.

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