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EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

November 16, 2018

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Latest webcasts for charities and nonprofits

Four new presentations are available for 501(c)(3) organizations. Additional charities and nonprofits topics are onIRSvideos.gov.

Recent IRS notices affecting Exempt Organizations

  • Notice 2018-55 Tax reform imposes a 1.4 percent excise tax on the investment income of certain educational institutions.
  • Notice 2018-67 An exempt organization with more than one unrelated trade or business must calculate unrelated business taxable income separately for each trade or business.

Issue snapshots

Issue Snapshots are IRS employee job aids that provide analysis and resources along with audit tips and issue indicators for technical tax issues. Visit Issue Snapshots for a complete listing of issue snapshots for Exempt Organizations.

Focus on Fraud: Prevention and Detection Measures for Nonprofit Organizations

November 5, 2018

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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. in # 202 of the J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

News stories about fraud and embezzlement at nonprofit organizations abound. Too many organizations find themselves dealing with these kinds of problems when an understanding of common schemes, and the implementation of relatively simple, yet important processes, procedures, and policies could protect them from many of these issues.

Join us for a discussion on how nonprofits can prevent and detect fraud within their organizations. Topics to be covered include:

  • Prevalence of Fraud and Recent Examples of Fraud
  • Common Types of Fraud Schemes
  • Red Flags
  • Preventive and Detective Internal Controls
  • Investigating Potential Frauds

Instructor Christina Solomon is a Partner in Rubin Brown’s Business Advisory Services Group. As a financial forensics expert, she performs forensic accounting analysis and fraud investigations. She has provided financial consultation to businesses in a variety

Centralized IRS advisory committee; 2019 retirement plans and IRA limits

November 2, 2018

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IRSAC expands to cover more areas of the IRS; IRPAC and ACT to join centralized advisory committee in 2019 The IRS announced that the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee’s (IRSAC) role will expand in 2019 to have a wider portfolio and will incorporate the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Although ACT will no longer exist, the IRS emphasizes that TE/GE issues will remain a priority area in the expanded IRSAC.

401(k) contribution limit increases to $19,000 for 2019; IRA limit increases to $6,000 The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019.

IRS launches easy-to-use tax reform webpage

October 25, 2018

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The IRS has launched an easy-to-use webpage, IRS.gov/taxreform, with information about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects your taxes, with a special section focused on tax exempt entities.

The tax reform page features three areas designed specifically for:

  • Individuals – For example, standard deduction increase, child tax credit, withholding. Use the Withholding Calculator to make sure you’re withholding enough tax from your paycheck.
  • Businesses – For example, depreciation, expenses and qualified business income deductions.
  • Tax Exempt Entities – For example, tax reform affecting retirement plans, tax-exempt organizations and governments.

Under the Tax Exempt Entities tab, you’ll find highlights of how tax reform affects retirement plans, tax-exempt organizations and tax-advantaged bonds.

Retirement plans

  • Rollovers of retirement plan loan offsets – If your plan offsets an outstanding loan balance when you leave employment, you have until the due date of your individual

IRS Tax Reform Webinars for Practitioners & Industry

October 16, 2018

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October 18th

Tax Reform Basics for Individual Taxpayers 2 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

October 25th

Tax Reform Basics for Employers 2 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

November 1st

Tax Reform Basics for Small Business and Pass-Through Entities 3 p.m. Eastern Click here to Register

Each session is 60-minutes, including Q & A. Closed Captioning is available for each session.

Continuing Education:

  • All participants who qualify will receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Tax Professionals will earn 1 CE Credit – Category: Federal Tax Update
  • Have enough Federal Tax Update credit? No worries…excess Federal Tax Update credit can be counted towards Federal Tax/Tax Related Matters instead.

For information on future Tax Reform Webinars visit the Upcoming Webinars page on IRS.gov.

TE/GE Fiscal Year 2019 Program Letter

October 4, 2018

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The Fiscal Year 2019 Program Letter explains TE/GE’s compliance program consisting of:

  • Compliance strategies
  • Data-driven approaches
  • Referrals, claims and other casework
  • Compliance contacts
  • Determinations
  • Voluntary compliance and other technical programs
  • The Program Letter (referred to as a Work Plan or Priority Letterin prior fiscal years) outlines TE/GE’s commitment to improving customer experience and reducing taxpayer burden, while cultivating a strong work force.

    Similar to the FY 2017 Accomplishments summary, TE/GE will release a summary of its FY 2018 accomplishments when all the data is available.

    The Best Lawyers in America© Team Members

    August 21, 2018

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    The Best Lawyers in America© Team Members

    August 21, 2018

    Authored by: BCLP

    Congrats to our Team Members, Gino Serra, Frank Wolff, and Keith Kehrer, for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the Nonprofit / Charities Law category. Congrats to our Team Members Kimberly Civins, Michael Bland, Renee Gabbard, Shannon Barks, John Ready, Steve Daiker, Larry Brody, John Schaperkotter and Kathy Sherby for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the Trusts and Estates category.

    The Best Lawyers in America© is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., and inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review.

    Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations

    August 9, 2018

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    Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

    Every organization should have board or staff members that possess financial credentials and/or experience and are charged with the primary responsibility of reporting or managing the financial matters of the nonprofit. However, board and staff members whose expertise is other than financial still need the ability to monitor and manage the financial condition of the organization. This is an introductory, basic course covering important financial management and oversight principles and activities in every nonprofit organization.

    Attendees will learn:

    • How to manage a range of budget and financial matters in relation to your fiscal year
    • Indicators of financial health as well as how to detect potential trouble spots
    • A basic understanding of nonprofit financial statements
    • Plain-language (non-accountant-speak) financial concepts, activities and procedures that anyone can understand

    The primary instructor for this

    Updates to Charitable Contribution Procedures

    August 8, 2018

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    To simplify compliance for grantors and contributors to tax-exempt organizations, the IRS recently issued an updated revenue procedure (Rev. Proc. 2018-32) that combines previously scattered guidance on deductibility and reliance issues. The new revenue procedure explains when grantors and contributors may rely on a listing of an organization on an IRS database of organizations eligible to receive contributions under Sec. 170 for purposes of determining whether the grants or contributions may be deductible under Sec. 170.

    Searchable Databases

    The IRS maintains and updates two different publicly available databases on organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under Sec. 170. The first lists organizations that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable donations (eligible organization list), and the second is an extract of certain information concerning tax-exempt organizations from the IRS electronic Business Master File (the EOB MF Extract).

    Historically, the eligible organization list was maintained in print form in IRS Publication 78.

    Monitoring outsourced payroll duties on EFTPS

    July 10, 2018

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    Many employers hire third-party payroll service providers to perform their payroll processing functions and tax-related duties, including making employment tax deposits.

    Watch Monitoring your outsourced payroll duties on EFTPS to learn about:

    • Using an EFTPS Inquiry PIN to monitor tax deposits
    • The benefits of creating a separate EFTPS account
    • Setting up EFTPS notifications

    The employer, generally, remains liable for any unpaid employment taxes, including any penalties and interest resulting from any underpayment, even if they use a third-party payroll service provider. Note, this may not apply to employers using Certified Professional Employer Organizations (CPEO).

    Please visit Outsourcing payroll and third-party payers andwww.EFTPS.gov for additional information.

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