What Is One Thing Always At Risk? Your Tax-Exempt Status

I was absolutely astonished by a few of the things discussed in the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report. Most surprising was the fact that there is no statute of limitations for the revocation of a non-profit’s exempt status. A statute of limitations is a certain amount of time by which a claim must be filed. [...]

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Notations on Non-profits: If You’re Not Reading Us, You Should Be…

…. as evidenced by recent news I received. Notations on Non-profits was recently named as #48 in the “Top 50 Excellent Blawgs You Aren’t Reading Yet“! Woo-hoo!! I’m super excited about the news, and hope I can continue to help those in the non-profit world  looking for legal guidance.

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Have You: Hired an Attorney?

With a New Year comes new opportunities. But with new opportunities can also come new legal exposure. For those organizations fortunate enough to endeavor into new programs or services, do you have a system in place to vet them for potential liabilities? When contracting out services, are new vendor contracts being reviewed? Is diligence being done on the subcontractors? Another tricky situation associated with expansion is when non-profits begin fundraising campaigns in territories whose laws and regulations they don’t familiarize themselves with. This can create a risk of being fined, sued, or subject to a myriad of different regulatory penalties. Or what about non-profits that began to stretch the reach of their organizations, whether it be the type of services provided or the individuals helped?

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Why Do Lawyers Worry So Much?! How to Work With Your Non-profit’s Attorney

Today I was talking with a client about implementing a better system for keeping track of volunteers and their signed agreements. After talking for about five minutes she quickly interrupted me, and asked why I was so worried about everything going wrong. Matter of fact, she just couldn’t understand why all the attorneys she met [...]

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IRS Creates Health Insurance Incentive For Non-Profits

I will preface this quickly by making clear that I am not at all a tax professional. In fact, Federal Income Taxation was by far my least favorite class in law-school. But I thought many organizations might find this tid-bit of information useful. In an attempt to encourage more small non-profits to offer health-care insurance, [...]

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