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Church Waivers for Refund Claims and Abatement Requests

August 14, 2020

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On July 15, 2020, the IRS issued interim guidance (IG) providing instructions to examiners on how to inform churches of the option to authorize the Service to consider church claims for refund or requests for abatement without following the otherwise applicable procedures of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 7611. The IRS generally must follow several procedural steps under Section 7611 before it can commence an inquiry or examination of a church.

Section 7611 and the related regulations permit a church to waive the application of these procedures by submitting a written waiver. Absent a waiver, the IRS follows these procedures even if the church initiated the contact. For example, if the IRS is requesting information to verify and process a church’s claim for refund or request for abatement.

As described in the IG, the IRS developed a voluntary written waiver process to allow more expeditious processing of these claims

Chambers High Net Worth 2020

July 14, 2020

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Chambers High Net Worth 2020

July 14, 2020

Authored by: BCLP

Chambers & Partners has recognized Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in the 2020 edition of Chambers High Net Worth Guide. The publication named 10 Private Client and Family Asset Protection lawyers across the globe as leading lawyers in their field.

 The Chambers High Net Worth Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth. The guide also recommends leading accountancy firms, private banks, wealth managers, trust companies and other professional advisers to HNW and UHNW clients around the world.

FIRM RANKINGS:

Georgia

Private Wealth Law – Band 2

London (Firms)

Private Wealth Law – Band 3

Missouri

Private Wealth Law – Band 1

Russia

Private Wealth Law – Band 3

 

RANKED LAWYERS:

Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth

UK

Elizabeth Hicks – Band 1

 

Private Wealth Law

GEORGIA

Kimberly Civins – Band 2

Tiffany McKenzie – Up and Coming

LONDON (FIRMS)

Damian Bloom – Band 3

Reshmi

U.S. Congress Gives Employers an Incentive to Retain Employees in CARES Act

April 9, 2020

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Section 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) , enacted on March 27, 2020, introduces an employee retention tax credit (the “ERC”) designed to incentivize employers affected by the COVID-19 crisis to retain employees.  Subject to certain limitations outlined below, the amount of the credit is 50% of qualified wages paid by an eligible employer, up to a maximum of $10,000 per employee. The ERC is applied against the employer portion of Social Security taxes (but not the employer portion of Medicare taxes) and is a refundable credit. Thus, to the extent the amount of the credit during any calendar quarter exceeds the employer’s applicable employment taxes for such quarter, the excess will be treated as a refundable overpayment under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”).  The ERC is applicable to wages paid after March 12, 2020 and before January 1, 2021

U.S. Congressional CARES Act & Nonprofit Organizations

April 1, 2020

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Loan Programs

Small Business Loan Program Expansion – “Paycheck Protection Program”: Provides 100% guarantee for bank loans made to qualifying business/organizations during the period of February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  To qualify, nonprofits must not have more than 500 total full-time and part-time employees.  Nonprofit organizations with more than 500 employees are not eligible for this program. Detailed guidance from the firm on this program can be found here:

Emergency Economic Injury Grants – “Disaster Loans”: Nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees who apply for an economic injury disaster loan with the SBA may receive up to $10,000 as an advance against the loan within 3 days of application if SBA certifies that the entity is eligible.  This is to enable nonprofits to quickly access financial assistance while their loan application is being processed.  Eligibility is based solely on applicant’s credit score.  Funds can be used for payroll

COVID-19 Update – How the CARES Act Affects Tax Benefits Related to Charitable Giving

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or “Act”). The Act was one of several Congressional responses to the COVID-19 emergency and it covered many areas, including the tax benefits related to charitable giving.

Generally, there are limitations on deductions for charitable contributions for both individual and corporate taxpayers based on the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (“AGI”), in the case of individuals, and taxable income, in the case of corporations. The CARES Act increases the limit on individual taxpayers’ deductions for cash contributions to public charities from 60% of the individual’s AGI to 100% of the individual’s AGI. This increase effectively suspends the limit for individuals in 2020.  For corporate taxpayers, the CARES Act increased the income limits on the deduction for charitable cash contributions from 10% of the corporation’s taxable income to 25% of the corporation’s

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Part 1 of 2: Small Employer Tax Credits

March 27, 2020

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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA“) generally requires U.S. employers with fewer than 500 employees (“Small Employers”) to provide paid sick leave and additional FMLA benefits to their employees.[1] You can read our summary of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act here and here, respectively.

In order to offset some of the costs these provisions impose on Small Employers, the FFCRA also provides a quarterly payroll tax credit equal to 100% of the qualified sick and leave wages paid to employees under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

The amount of leave wages taken into account is limited with respect to each individual employee for purposes of the credit.

  • For sick leave wages paid due to an employee’s illness or quarantine, the

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.