Tax exempt organizations

Common Reporting Errors on Form 990

The redesigned Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, has been the subject of much discussion since the IRS released it in 2007. As the exempt sector and practitioners have been adjusting to the new filing requirements, areas of confusion have been identified. Earlier this year, an IRS

IRS Issues First Guidance on Nonprofit CO-OP Health Insurers

The IRS issued its first guidance on the requirements for new qualified nonprofit health insurance issuers under IRC § 501(c)(29) and has requested comments on specific issues (Notice 2011-23). The notice clarifies that the IRS is not yet accepting applications for recognition of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(29) and will

IRS Delays 990 Filing Deadline for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

The IRS on Wednesday announced that certain tax-exempt hospitals will be granted an automatic three-month extension to file their 2010 Forms 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Announcement 2011-20). The automatic extension applies to Forms 990 with a due date before Aug. 15, 2011; the IRS is also

Partnership Interests Aren't Simple Gifts for Charities

Partnership interests (including interests in limited liability entities treated as a partnership) represent a potentially valuable gift to charities and private foundations, but with greater potential complications than gifts of stock. CPAs can alert principals to the following issues. Determine whether the organization has the resources to perform due diligence,

Burnt Offering Rejected

The Tax Court denied a deduction for a house donated to a fire department for burning in a training exercise, saying its value was decreased by restrictions on its disposition to less than the benefit to the owner from its demolition. Theodore Rolfs and his wife, Julia Gallagher, purchased lakefront

IRS Allows More Small Exempt Organizations to File E-Postcard

The IRS has raised the gross receipts threshold for Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, from $25,000 to $50,000, allowing more tax-exempt organizations to avoid filing a full Form 990 or 990-EZ (Revenue Procedure 2011-15). Tax-exempt organizations are generally required to file either a Form 990 or

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IRS PROPOSES PTIN FEES The IRS proposed (REG-139343-08, issued July 23, 2010) to begin charging all authorized tax preparers a $50 user fee to obtain or renew annually a preparer tax identification number (PTIN). The fee would be on top of a fee charged by a third-party vendor that will

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Tax Shelter Excise Taxes

The IRS and Treasury Department issued final regulations under IRC § 4965 for excise taxes on tax-exempt entities that enter into prohibited tax shelter transactions and on their managers who approve such transactions or have reason to know that they are prohibited tax shelter transactions. Certain tax-exempt entities such as

Best Practices for Exempt Organizations and Form 990

Tax-exempt organizations required to file federal Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, which was expanded and revised beginning in 2008 tax years, now have some experience with the new requirements. They may have experienced much anxiety as they and their CPAs learned that the new Form 990

IRS Provides Relief for Small Tax-Exempt Nonfilers

The IRS announced that is providing relief for small tax-exempt organizations that are supposed to automatically lose their tax-exempt status because they failed to file Forms 990-EZ or 990-N for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Under a special one-time program, the IRS is giving those organizations until Oct. 15

Closing Up Shop: How to Successfully Shut Down a Private Foundation

The precipitous drop in wealth in the United States during the 2008–2009 financial meltdown accelerated a trend of many private foundations’ considering closing their doors. Foundations gave 8.4% less in grants in 2009 from the year before, as the value of their assets fell by 17.2%. Between 2007 and 2008,

QSub Bank's Tax-Exempt Bond Expense Deductible

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a bank organized as a qualified S corporation subsidiary (QSub) could deduct in full its interest paid to acquire tax-exempt bonds, reversing the Tax Court. As a general rule, expenses related to producing tax-exempt income, including interest, are nondeductible. Therefore, IRC §

Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status to Start Monday

Monday, May 17, is the deadline for calendar-year tax-exempt organizations to file a Form 990 for 2009. It also marks the third filing deadline under the mandatory filing requirement instituted by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PL 109-280). Under the terms of that mandatory filing requirement, tax-exempt organizations that

Ninth Circuit Says Exempt Organization Late-Filing Penalty Amount Is Mandatory

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that courts and the IRS have no discretion to reduce the amount of the late-filing penalty for tax-exempt organizations under IRC § 6652(c)(1)(A), overruling a district court decision (Service Employees Int’l Union, docket no. 07-17256 (9th Cir. 3/17/10)). The Service Employees International Union

IRS Issues 2009 Form 990; Explains Significant Changes

The IRS has issued final 2009 versions of Forms 990 and 990-EZ, as well as their instructions. The IRS has also provided a detailed explanation of significant changes to the forms. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, was extensively revised for 2008. The new Form 990 is

An Update on Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes

Preparers of private company and not-for-profit organization financial statements will have to implement provisions of Topic 740 of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) relating to accounting for uncertainty in income taxes (formerly FASB Interpretation no. 48, commonly known as FIN 48) for annual financial statements for periods beginning after

Two Easements, Two Outcomes

The Tax Court decided two cases involving conservation easements with mixed results for the taxpayers. In one case, the court held that the taxpayer was entitled to a charitable deduction for easements on two properties, since the easements were exclusively for conservation purposes. According to the court, the easements preserved

Final Regs Issued on E-Postcards

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 introduced a new notification requirement for small tax-exempt organizations that are not required to file an annual information return under IRC § 6033(a)(1). In July, the IRS released final regulations spelling out what small tax-exempt organizations must do to meet this requirement. Practitioners should

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FBAR FILING EXTENDED FOR SOME The IRS extended for certain taxpayers the due date for filing Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), for tax year 2008. The reporting form originally was due June 30 this year. In Notice 2009-62, the Service said two types


The technology assessment engagement

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Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.