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Update to Notice 2020-18, Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, Related to Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

March 27, 2020

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Notice 2020-20; Federal income tax filing and payment relief on account of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. This notice provides relief in addition to the relief provided in Notice 2020-18, issued on March 20, 2020. In this notice, the Treasury Department and IRS are providing relief to all taxpayers who have Federal gift (and generation-skipping transfer) tax returns and payments due on April 15, 2020. The April 15, 2020 deadline is postponed to July 15, 2020. Associated interest, additions to tax, and penalties for late filing or late payment will be suspended until July 15, 2020.

Notice 2020-20 will be in IRB 2020-16, dated April 13, 2020.

TE/GE Fiscal Year 2019 Accomplishments Letter

March 23, 2020

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Tax Exempt and Government Entities Fiscal Year 2019 Accomplishments Letter

Highlights of our accomplishments during FY 2019, all of which support the goals of the IRS Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, include:

  • Expanded the use of Pay.gov to make payments easier
  • Expanded Employee Plans’ (EP’s) self-correction and voluntary correction programs to improve voluntary compliance
  • Expanded the EP determination letter program to encourage compliance
  • Expanded educational efforts, soft letters and compliance checks to increase voluntary compliance
  • Released additional educational videos and articles and participated in many outreach events to empower taxpayers and encourage compliance

You can also review the TE/GE Fiscal Year 2020 Program Letter, which explains our priorities for the current fiscal year.

Form 1023 Revisions and Required Electronic Submission

February 4, 2020

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The IRS is revising Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and its instructions, to help charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Effective January 31, 2020, applications for recognition of exemption on Form 1023 must be submitted electronically online at www.pay.gov. The IRS will provide a grace period during which it will continue to accept paper versions of Form 1023 (Rev. 12-2017).

The user fee for Form 1023 will remain $600 for 2020. Applicants must pay the user fee through www.pay.gov when submitting the form. Payment can be made directly from a bank account or by credit/debit card.

IRS News Release on the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act provisions

The following provisions may apply to tax-exempt organizations’ current and previous tax years:

Recent legislation requires tax-exempt organizations to e-file forms

December 17, 2019

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The Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, 2019, requires tax-exempt organizations to electronically file information returns and related forms. The new law affects tax-exempt organizations in tax years beginning after July 1, 2019.

The following IRS forms are included in the mandate:

  • Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax.
  • Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation or Section 4947(a)(1) Trust Treated as Private Foundation.
  • Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures.
  • Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income (if filed by a Section 501(d) apostolic organization).

Those who previously filed paper forms will receive a letter from the IRS informing them of the change. Filing deadlines vary by form type. The IRS will postpone the required e-filing of Form 990-EZ for one year, while optional e-filing continues to be available. Although Forms 990-T and 4720 will come under the e-filing requirement next year, the IRS

TE/GE Fiscal Year 2020 Program Letter

October 17, 2019

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TE/GE Fiscal Year 2020 Program Letter

October 17, 2019

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

TE/GE is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year 2020 Program Letter issued by Tamera Ripperda, our new Tax Exempt and Government Entities Commissioner. TE/GE’s compliance program is driven by six portfolio programs:

  • Compliance strategies
  • Data-driven approaches
  • Referrals, claims and other casework
  • Compliance contacts
  • Determinations
  • Voluntary compliance and other technical programs

This year’s Program Letter is part of the IRS-wide commitment to improve efficiency, modernize our systems and business processes, and find ways to better serve taxpayers.

TE/GE will release a summary of its FY2019 accomplishments when all the data is available. You can also view the annual program (or work plan) and accomplishment letters for previous years.

New private delivery/express mail address for Exempt Organizations submissions

September 30, 2019

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Use the following address for private delivery or express mail for the forms shown above:

Internal Revenue Service

Mail Stop 31A: Team 105

7940 Kentucky Drive

Florence, KY 41042

 

The P.O. Box address for regular mail remains the same:

Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 12192 Covington, KY 41012-0192

If you recently submitted an item to another address, it will be forwarded. You do not have to resubmit.

Help for Victims of Hurricane Dorian

IRS is providing tax relief to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Visit the Hurricane Dorianpage for the latest updates, videos and resources for clients who are victims of Hurricane Dorian.

The IRS offers online training for charitable organizations that assist with disaster relief.Disaster Relief – Parts 1 and II discuss how charities may provide disaster relief, tax law, deductibility of contributions and tax treatment of relief recipients. Organizational leadership and volunteers

Exempt Organization Update

August 19, 2019

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Exempt Organization Update

August 19, 2019

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

Redesigned Charities and Nonprofits landing and associated webpages launched

Various Charities and Nonprofits webpages have been redesigned to improve organization, design and navigation using data analytics and user testing.

 

Charitable hospitals under the Affordable Care Act – Section 501(r)

The IRS updated webpages detailing four additional requirements under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) that must be met by charitable hospitals tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3). Watch this Overview of Requirements for Charitable Hospitals under Section 501(r) presentation.

 

TE/GE Issue Snapshots provide guidance to IRS employees working hospital cases:

New IRS Tax Withholding Estimator Tell your employees about the new IRSTax Withholding Estimator. The new taxpayer-friendly tool on IRS.gov helps workers tailor the amount of income tax their

Information on fake charities; Revisions to Form 8976 registration system; Update to Revenue Procedure 75-50

June 27, 2019

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Beware of fake charities IRS cautions taxpayers on scams involving disasters, charitable causes andencourages taxpayers to donate to recognized charities to help disaster victims. IRS’ annual “Dirty Dozen” also lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter.

Understanding Disaster Relief Tax Law and Contribution Deductibility The IRS offers two courses – Disaster Relief – Parts 1 and II – for charitable organizations providing disaster relief. Topics include how charities may provide disaster relief, deductibility of contributions and tax treatment of relief recipients. Organization leadership and volunteers should review the Tax-Exempt Organization Workshop that includes important information on the benefits, limitations and expectations of tax-exempt organizations.

Revisions made to IRS Online Registration System for 501(c)(4) Certification Organizations required to submit Form 8976, Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4), will notice a new look and improved navigation at the Online Registration System for 501(c)(4)

Form 990-T Fiscal Year 2017 Corporate Filers Apply Blended Rate to Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) for Entire Taxable Year

June 7, 2019

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The IRS reminds Form 990-T Corporate Filers of new tax law provisions that could affect the tax rate applicable to their UBTI. Specifically, fiscal 2017 corporate filers should apply a blended rate to their UBTI for the entire 2017 taxable year, including any UBTI from amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2017 that increase UBTI under new Section 512(a)(7).

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced a flat 21 percent corporate tax rate for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. However, corporations with fiscal tax years beginning in 2017 and ending in 2018 calculate their tax by blending the rates in effect before 2018 with the rate in effect after 2017. An exempt organization that’s a corporation with a 2017 fiscal year calculates its tax liability by applying the pre-2018 rate and the post-2017 rate to the corporation’s taxable income for the entire tax year. It prorates

Statistician, revenue agent, and tax examining technician opportunities at the IRS, Tax Exempt & Government Entities

May 28, 2019

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The IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division (TE/GE) has a wide range of job opportunities available. Apply today to become part of our team and help us oversee a vital part of the nation’s tax system.

  • Apply today to become a Statistician. As a Statistician you’ll design, develop, and implement statistical projects, studies and proposals that affect IRS programs and policies.Statistician (Compliance, Planning and Classification) Multiple Locations This job is open 05/23/2019 to 05/28/2019

    Statistician (Compliance, Planning and Classification) Multiple Locations This job is open 05/23/2019 to 05/31/2019

  • TE/GE has many revenue agent positions available across the country for the Exempt Organizations and Employee Plansprograms. As a revenue agent you will use your professional knowledge and skills in accounting, and auditing techniques and practices to examine tax returns and determine the correct tax liability.Internal Revenue Agent (Exempt Organizations) Multiple Locations This job is open 01/30/2019 to