January 25, 2007
Family and Business Relationships of Officers, Directors, Trustees and Key Employees: The definitions of family and business relationships used for purposes of completing Form 990, Line 51 must now also be used for purposes of completing Form 990, line 75b. See pages 32 and 35 of the Form 990 Instructions.
Compensation of Officers, Directors, Trustees and Key Employees from Related Organizations
* The definition of related organization (used for purposes of completing Form 990 line 75c) is clarified by listing eight specific relationships. See page 35 of the Form 990 Instructions.
* The definition of related organization excludes certain bank or financial institution trustees and certain common independent contractors.
* Organizations no longer have to report the amount of compensation where (1) the organization conducts joint programs or shares facilities or employees, (2) one or more persons exercise substantial influence over two organizations, and (3) volunteers control two organizations.
* The definition of substantial influence is clarified by referencing Internal Revenue Code section 4958(f)(1) and Regulations section 53.4958-3.
* A supporting organization must now generally file Form 990 (or Form 990-EZ, if applicable), even if its gross receipts are normally less than $25,000. See page 2 of the 990 Instructions, and
* A supporting organization must provide additional information on Schedule A, page 3. See page 7 of Schedule A instructions.
Organizations Maintaining Donor Advised Funds
* Organizations maintaining donor advised funds must complete new lines 1a and 22a on Form 990. See pages 23 and 28 of Form 990 Instructions.
* Organizations maintaining donor advised funds must complete new lines 4a through 4g on the Schedule A. See pages 3 and 4 of the Schedule A Instructions.
Organizations with Controlled Entities
* Organizations with controlled entities must file Form 990 even if their gross receipts are normally less than $25,000. See page 2 of the Form 990 Instructions.
* Organizations with controlled entities must file Form 990 even if their gross receipts are normally less than $25,000. See pages 2 and 41-42 of the Form 990 Instructions and Code section 512(b)(13).
Organizations Paying Travel and Entertainment Expenses for Government Officials Organizations paying travel and entertainment expenses for federal, state and local government officials and their family members must separately report certain payments on Form 990, Line 43 as described on page 30 of Form 990 Instructions.
Organizations with Conservation Easements An organizations receiving or holding conservation easements must complete Schedule A, line 3c and attach a schedule with the information described on page 3 of the Schedule A Instructions.
For more information, see the What’s New section of the form instructions for 2006 Forms 990 and 990-EZ.
January 17, 2007
The free online workshop – Stay Exempt – Tax Basics for 501(c)(3)s – consists of five interactive modules on tax compliance topics for exempt organizations:
* Tax-Exempt Status – How can you keep your 501(c)(3) exempt?
* Unrelated Business Income – Does your organization generate taxable income?
* Employment Issues – How should you treat your workers for tax purposes?
* Form 990 – Would you like to file an error-free return?
* Required Disclosures – To whom do you have to show your records?
Users can access this new training program at www.stayexempt.org. Users can complete the modules in any order and repeat them as many times as they like. The online training website does not require registration and its visitors will remain anonymous.
See also the one hour program by Amy Hereford that explores legal issues involved in establishing or reestablishing a nonprofit organization. The program goes beyond the IRS tax issues to examine the range of requirements for keeping your organization in good legal health. The program is recommended to entrepreneurs, boardmembers and directors of both new and established nonprofits. Click here.
January 09, 2007
January 05, 2007
January 02, 2007
Alienation and business transactions in other countries must follow the amount set for institutes and societies in each particular country or region. [See canons 638.3 and 1292].
Alienation Tax: The present tax usually charged for approval of an alienation is .1% of the actual selling price. Payment must be made in euros and presented to the Congregation prior to receiving the document of approval. Up to now, wire transfers have not been acceptable.
Adverse Business Transaction Tax: The tax now charged seems to be 50 euro.