On June 9, 2021, United States Senators Angus King (Ind.-ME) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the “Accelerating Charitable Efforts Act” or the “ACE Act” (the “Act”) which, if adopted, would implement significant changes with respect to the rules surrounding donor advised funds (“DAFs”) and private foundations. The proposed changes, already being hotly debated in the philanthropic community, would mandate, among other things, operational changes for DAF sponsoring organizations and offer financial incentives (in the form of both excise taxes and tax benefits) to motivate donors, sponsoring organizations, and private foundations to distribute funds to public charities at a rapid pace.
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Nonprofits Take on the COVID-19 Crisis: Art Museum Standards Temporarily Relaxed to Help Museums Meet New Economic Challenges
Long-standing standards applicable to art museums, particularly with regard to the use of deaccessioning proceeds, have been temporarily relaxed in order to help art museums meet the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
Nonprofits Take on the COVID-19 Crisis: Enhanced Deductibility Benefit for Large Cash Gifts to Charity and for Non-Itemizers
The newly enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (commonly known as the “CARES Act”) includes provisions designed to encourage charitable contributions of cash, by allowing individual donors to charities to deduct up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income (“AGI”), over and above the usual cap of 60% (or 50% if charitable contributions are made through a combination of cash and other assets). For corporate donors, the deduction cap is raised to 25%, over and above the usual cap of 10%. Unused deductions allowable under the CARES Act may be carried forward into future tax years, subject to the traditional deductibility limitations, which will be restored in 2021.
The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed a bill which, if signed by the Governor, would amend the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”) to clarify and refine some of the changes to both laws effected as part of the 2013 New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act (the “NPRA”). Bill No. A. 10365B/S. 7913 was introduced on May 24, 2016. It passed the Assembly on June 15 and the Senate on June 16, just before the end of the legislative session, and should be delivered to the Governor sometime in the next several months.
The end of the year brings a flood of gifts and grants to public charities, as well as perennial questions about how the donor will benefit in return.
The IRA charitable rollover provision of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows individuals age 70½ or older to transfer, tax-free, up to $100,000 per year from an IRA to one or more eligible charities, has become permanent law, retroactive to January 1, 2015. This provision entered the Code as a temporary measure under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Congress then extended it several times, most recently through December 31, 2014. It was made permanent when President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 into law last Friday, and the provision will apply retroactively to all eligible IRA charitable rollovers made on or after January 1, 2015.
Representative Dave Camp, the current chair of the House Ways and Means Committee (the “Committee”), introduced a discussion draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the “Camp Bill”) on February 26, 2014. Although it is widely predicted that the Camp Bill will not pass, exempt organizations should still examine it closely, because it is emblematic of a new trend in legislative proposals dealing with tax reform.
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.