Donations and Kickbacks

It was recently reported that the Internal Revenue Service is investigating whether a patient-assistance charity, Good Days, has been providing prohibited private benefits to its pharmaceutical company donors by using the donated monies to make purchases of drugs from these donors. According to Reuters: In court papers, the IRS...

House Appropriations Bill Passes to Weaken Enforcement of Johnson Amendment

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee failed to pass an amendment to the appropriations bill (largely along party lines), leaving in a controversial rider (Section 116) that would effectively prevent the IRS from enforcing the 501(c)(3) prohibition against political campaign intervention activities (known as the Johnson Amendment), but only specifically...

NGOSource Webinar on Equivalency Determination and International Giving

Our friends at TechSoup | NGOsource are presenting  a live webinar exploring equivalency determination, its role in international giving, and NGOsource’s unique approach to this process on Tuesday, May 23, from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Pacific time (2-3 p.m. Eastern). According to NGOsource, an  equivalency determination is: a process by which a U.S. grantmaker...

Form 1023-EZ Approvals Now Available to the Public

On February 22, 2017, the IRS announced that publicly available information from approved Form 1023-EZ tax-exemption applications is now available electronically for the first time. The data on IRS.gov is available in spreadsheet format and includes information for approved applications beginning in mid-2014, when the 1023-EZ form was introduced, through 2016. The...

Don’t Let Congress Convert Charities (including Churches) into Dark Money Political Organizations

Would you like charities, including mosques, temples, synagogues, churches and other houses of worship, to be able to give your donations to politicians running for office? Would you like mosques, temples, synagogues, churches and other houses of worship (that are automatically tax-exempt and not required to disclose their financials or their donors)...