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Political Free Speech Report Sparks Disagreement

August 20th, 2013

A leading coalition for nonprofits has come out strongly against a recommendation to eliminate regulations that ban political speech by charities and religious organizations. Independent Sector (IS) in Washington, D.C., issued a statement slamming a report released yesterday by the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (CAPRO). The 60-page report included recommendations to [...]

Government Regulation of Political Speech by Churches

August 14th, 2013

This morning the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (the “Commission”), representing the collective work of 80 of the nation’s highly respected religious and nonprofit leaders, presented a 60-page report to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) offering Congress and the Treasury Department new proposals for bringing clarity to current IRS restrictions on political expression by churches and other nonprofit [...]

The IRS Scandal Escalates

July 24th, 2013

As posted by the ACLJ. Everything we have heard from the IRS and the Obama Administration about the targeting of the Tea Party seems to end up being proven false, one by one, as the congressional investigation and our lawsuit on behalf of 41 targeted conservative groups continues. The latest bombshell revelation comes from congressional testimony [...]

Training Cuts Lawsuit Impact

April 17th, 2013

A crucial part of the church’s training program should include the prevention of sexual harassment.  Many churches overlook this area of risk because they do not think that it will happen in a church context. Unfortunately, the church is not immune from episodes of sexual harassment from taking place within its walls.  It is crucial [...]

A New Plan for Birth Control Coverage

March 27th, 2013

The Obama administration, trying to defuse one of the most contentious issues in its healthcare law, proposed a new way to shield religiously affiliated organizations, such as hospitals and universities, from having to provide contraceptive coverage directly to their employees. Instead, the employees would obtain coverage through a separate, private insurance policy at no cost. [...]

Prove Your Property Tax Exemption!

February 28th, 2013

Allegheny County in Pennsylvania puts nonprofits on notice: Facing rising public pressure in a region dominated by tax-exempt giants, Allegheny County soon will require all nonprofits with property to prove they deserve their tax breaks. At Tuesday’s county council meeting, Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced plans to send letters to all 9,000 non-government tax-exempt properties in [...]

Camp Announces Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions

February 15th, 2013

Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing to examine the itemized deduction for charitable contributions as part of the Committee’s work on comprehensive tax reform. The hearing will begin on Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House [...]

Boy Scouts’ Opposition to Background Checks Let Pedophiles In

January 8th, 2013

The Los Angeles Times reported that its analysis of Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion” files showed that the Boy Scouts of America fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, unknowingly allowing convicted child sex offenders to join.  Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several [...]

Atheists Attack Church for Feeding High School Football Players

September 18th, 2012

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which aims to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church,” recently sent a letter to the superintendent of Walker County Schools requesting that the school board look into the activities of the Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis.  “Taking public school football teams to church, [...]

Deductible Contributions to Single-Member Domestic LLCs Upheld

August 15th, 2012

For years the IRS has refused to rule on whether contributions to a single-member limited liability company (SMLLC) that is wholly owned and controlled by a U.S. charity and otherwise disregarded for federal income tax purposes are deductible as charitable contributions.  In Notice 2012-52 the Service provides the following: If all other requirements of § [...]

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