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The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) Final Report

June 8, 2018

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The 10 members of the ACT presented their 2018 report to the IRS in a public meeting in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018, on five issues:

  • Employee Plans: Recommendations regarding the re-opening of the IRS Determination Letter Program
  • Employee Plans: Recommendations regarding missing participants in retirement plans
  • Exempt Organizations: Recommendations regarding incentivizing universal e-filing for Forms 990
  • Indian Tribal Governments: Recommendations regarding sharing of taxpayer information with tribal government tax programs
  • Tax Exempt Bonds: Recommendations regarding encouraging self-compliance by issuers of tax-advantaged obligations/tax exempt bonds

IRS issues new Strategic Plan

June 1, 2018

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IRS issues new Strategic Plan

June 1, 2018

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

The Internal Revenue Service released a new five-year Strategic Plan outlining goals to improve taxpayer service and tax administration.

The Fiscal Year 2018-2022 IRS Strategic Plan will serve as a roadmap to help guide the agency’s programs and operations. The plan will also help meet the changing needs of taxpayers and members of the tax community.

The strategic plan, developed with input from external partners as well as IRS employees, focuses on six goals that will help improve customer service:

  • Empower and enable all taxpayers to meet their tax obligations
  • Protect the integrity of the tax system by encouraging compliance through administering and enforcing the tax code
  • Collaborate with external partners proactively to improve tax administration
  • Cultivate a well-equipped, diverse, flexible and engaged workforce
  • Advance data access, usability and analytics to inform decision-making and improve operational outcomes
  • Drive increased agility, efficiency, effectiveness and security in IRS operations
  • EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    May 24, 2018

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    EP and EO participating in 2018 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums

    Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations will participate in the 2018 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums in five cities starting in July. The forums offer three days of seminars and workshops featuring speakers from both the IRS and tax practitioner organizations. In addition to getting the latest tax information, tax professionals can earn continuing education credits for their attendance.

    Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

    Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scammers using regular mail, phone, or email.

    The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

    Updated forms and publications:

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    May 9, 2018

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    New IRS online tool offers expanded access to information on tax-exempt organizations; newly-filed data available to public for first time

    The IRS introduced a new online tool designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations.

    The new Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) replaces EO Select Check, a more limited tool available since 2012 that focused primarily on providing information on an organization’s tax-exempt status. Among the enhancements, the new TEOS tool includes images of newly-filed 990 forms and it’s mobile friendly so you can access it using smartphones or tablets.

    “This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations.”

    Many tax-exempt organizations must file information returns by May 15; do not include

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    March 27, 2018

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    Join the IRS for a National Paycheck Checkup Thunderclap

    We invite you or your group to join @IRSnews in support of the IRS Thunderclap effort promoting a national “Paycheck Checkup.” Following major tax law changes, workers should review their withholding to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks.

    Form 990 processing changes

    As of January 8, the IRS is returning Form 990 series returns filed on paper – and rejecting electronically filed returns – when they are incomplete or the wrong return. IRS.gov answers the question What happens if my Form 990 is missing information or a schedule, or is the wrong return?

    Form 990-EZ reminders

    Tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts under $200,000 and assets under $500,000 (at the end of the reporting period) can use Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    March 19, 2018

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    Use Form 1024-A to Apply for Recognition of Exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(4)

    Organizations that choose to apply for recognition of exempt status under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(a) as an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) should use the new Form 1024-A, Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Organizations seeking recognition of exempt status under Section 501(a) as an organization described in Section 501(c)(2), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (12), (13), (15), (17), (19) or (25) will continue to use Form 1024, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(a).

    Form 1024-A doesn’t satisfy an organization’s separate requirement to notify the IRS that it’s operating under Section 501(c)(4). Instead, use Form 8976, Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4).

    Revenue Procedure 2018-5

    Revenue Procedure 2018-5 simplifies the

    Combination Adds Additional Strength and Depth to our Charity Law Practice

    March 12, 2018

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    We are excited to announce that London based Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is combining with Bryan Cave. The combination will expand our global reach and increase our depth in key markets, creating a firm with approximately 1,600 lawyers in 32 offices across 11 countries in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  BLP brings both strength and depth in core practices such as global real estate, international corporate, transactions and tax; private client; litigation, arbitration and investigations; and related areas of expertise; as well as highly rated financial services and financing practices. In addition, BLP is also strong and adds depth in the charity law sector, and like Bryan Cave, takes a team approach to achieve our charity client’s goals. The following is a brief overview of the BLP Charity Practice and approach:

    Operating in the not-for-profit sector has never been more challenging – or more exciting: unprecedented

    Bryan Cave Trusts and Estates Group Recognized as National Tier 1 Firm

    March 7, 2018

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    Bryan Cave LLP has once again been recognized as a U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” National Tier 1 ranked firm for its work in Trusts & Estates.  Awards are determined using several criteria, including: client evaluations, peer attorney feedback, and, notably, managing partners and practice area chairs’ reviews. Congrats to the Bryan Cave Private Client Group!

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    March 6, 2018

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    File current versions of exemption applications

    The IRS reminds people seeking tax-exempt status to use the current version of forms to avoid processing delays. The current version of Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is dated December 2017, and Form 1024, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(a), is dated January 2018.

    If you use a prior version of one of these forms, the IRS will return your application and ask you to resubmit using the current version of the form.

    User fees 

    Revenue Procedure 2018-5 announces the following user fees:

    Application Type User Fee Form 1023 $600 Form 1024 Form 1024-A Form 1023-EZ $275 Group exemption letter $2,000

    Please submit Form 8718, User Fee for Exempt Organization Determination Letter Request, with group exemption letter requests and exemption applications, other than those filed on Forms

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