Category: In the News
As the 2016 Presidential election season heats up—and in light of an internal memorandum on political activity audit procedures circulated within the IRS last month—we’d like to take the opportunity to remind our 501(c)(3) clients, colleagues and friends about of the federal tax law prohibitions on political activities conducted by 501(c)(3) organizations and the applicability of those prohibitions to the activities of employees of 501(c)(3) organizations.
A federal district court in New York has upheld the New York Attorney General’s policy requiring registered charities to disclose the names, addresses and total contributions of their major donors. This is the second federal court to rule on this issue, after the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a similar requirement by California’s Attorney General in May in a suit brought by the Center for Competitive Politics, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
With cybercrime striking everywhere from government agencies to Major League Baseball, each new hack is making headlines, launching inquiries, and triggering lawsuits. Although most of the focus has been on private sector companies and governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations are not exempt (no pun intended) from cyber threats or their consequences.
An article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review suggests that the language non-profits use to describe their operations fails to adequately and efficiently convey the complexity of their work. For-profits rely on a large vocabulary to describe their business models.
On June 16, 2015, the White House issued a press release highlighting private sector commitments and a series of executive actions related to investment in clean energy innovation. The release coincided with yesterday’s clean energy investment summit, at which Vice President Joe Biden described more than $4 billion of independent commitments by major foundations, institutional investors, and other long-term investors to fund climate change solutions, including innovative technologies with the potential to reduce carbon pollution.
As we reach Day 500 of the IRS Section 501(c)(4) controversy (with a shout out to the Tax Prof Blog for keeping count), the IRS is continuing to implement restructuring of the Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities Division (“TE/GE”). In a statement made on September 9, 2014, the IRS announced that the current Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (TE/GE) will be split into two offices: the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (TE/GE), which will report to the deputy chief counsel (technical), and the Office of Division Counsel (TE/GE), which will report to the deputy chief counsel (operations). With this restructuring, IRS field attorneys will be part of the Office of Division Counsel and IRS national office attorneys will be part of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel.
The Treasury Department and IRS released the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan on August 26, 2014. The Guidance Plan lists a total of 317 projects that are priorities for allocation of Treasury Department and IRS resources for July 2014 through June 2015. Of these, only sixteen relate directly to exempt organizations. Eleven of the sixteen are carryovers from the 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan; the remaining five projects are new, but two of these (dealing with Form 1023-EZ and related streamlined application procedures) were completed before issuance of the 2014-2015 Plan.
New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act (the “Act”) went into effect on July 1, 2014. This is the second in a two-part series of easy-to-miss points about the Act. For last week’s installment, view post titled "6 Easy-to-Miss Points about New York’s Non-Profit Revitalization Act, Part I of II." Patterson Belknap’s complete summary of the Act is also available if you’d like to delve more deeply.
July 1, 2014 - The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act goes into effect today. To mark the occasion, we offer up six easy-to-miss points about the Act. Here are the first three. Three more will follow next week.
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