Organizations that are created to provide goods or services exclusively (or primarily) to Section 501(c)(3) organizations (or governmental entities) may think that this purpose is sufficient to also qualify them under tax law. However, providing commercial type services exclusively to exempt organizations is not by itself an exempt purpose. Much more is required for qualification under the rules of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) than just having a mission to assist charitable organizations.
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Many not-for-profit organizations are concerned about the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that are affecting charitable giving. But the law also contains some important requirements involving unrelated business income tax (UBIT). If you engage in "unrelated business" — and even if you don't — you could find that your UBIT liability increases under the law.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
They say "No Pain, No Gain," and the expression applies to the life cycle of not-for-profit organizations, as well as athletes who hit the gym, tennis court or golf course on weekends
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Documentation and accountability are always important in business, but even more so for a not-for-profit agency. The sheer number of duties can be daunting. That's why it's crucial to have tools which allow you to stay on top of the details.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
As a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, you might think the subject of "uncertain tax positions" (UTPs) doesn't apply to you. Think again. Some of the basics of your operations, including your tax-exempt status, could create uncertain tax positions that trigger critical reporting obligations.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
What should you do if your not-for-profit organization is short on staff and you don't have the funds or confidence in the future to hire employees -- or even to retain all the ones you have?
Friday, December 7, 2018
For-profit subsidiaries of not-for-profit organizations are strikingly diverse. Consider these real-life examples: In one part of the country, a not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) creates a for-profit subsidiary to offer health insurance unavailable through HMOs.
Monday, November 26, 2018
A contribution to a charity isn't always a tax-deductible contribution for the donor, as in the case of "quid pro quo" donations. This exchange of one thing for another happens when a charity receives a payment that includes a contribution and, in return, provides the donor with goods or services valued for less than the total payment.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
It's no secret that the number of not-for-profit organizations is growing while the number of grant dollars is shrinking. Shifting from competing for grant funds to cooperating with other organizations can create substantial value for not-for-profits and the people they serve.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
As your not-for-profit strives to use its resources as effectively as possible, you might at some point consider outsourcing the functions that fall under your accounting and financial umbrella. But wait: You'll need to weigh the pros and cons before making this important decision.