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Educating Nonprofit Employees: Pre-Tax Benefits

Imagine an employee who graduated with a degree in mathematics, handles finances for your nonprofit, and now wants to develop her skills by taking classes.  May the nonprofit help ease the accompanying tuition pain through pre-tax educational assistance?  To what extent may a nonprofit employer offer pre-tax educational benefits to its employees who seek to improve themselves, as a wonderful employee perk?   The short two-part answer is (a) up to $5,250, but with certain program conditions, or (b) to an unlimited monetary amount, so long as the educational program will develop the employee’s skills within her current role, and not prepare her for a different profession.

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State shuts down deceptive firefighter charity

The Detroit News  The state reached a deal Thursday to shut down a Wyandotte charity that misled donors who gave money for firefighters and fire victims.

FASB Updates Accounting Rules For Not-for-Profits

The Wall Street Journal  The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s updated rules aim to make it simpler for nonprofits to classify and report their assets.

Why Vanderbilt University Returned an 83-Year-Old Donation

Nonprofit Quarterly  The inscription on what was formerly known as “Confederate Memorial Hall” at Vanderbilt University will be changed—right after the university pays the Tennessee Divisi

Prediction: Clinton Foundation Will Pass IRS Investigation Just Fine

Forbes  After considerable prodding, the IRS has said—seemingly begrudgingly—that it is looking into the Clinton Foundation.

Opinion: Republicans are wrong: Churches aren't being muzzled by the IRS

Los Angeles Times  In an attempt to cement support from conservative Christians, Donald (“I love the evangelicals!”) Trump has been promising to seek the repeal of a law that prohibits mem

'Fill the boot' charity campaign gets the boot from attorney general

Fox 2 Detroit  Hardworking firefighters spending the week fighting both fires and muscular dystrophy with well-known "Fill the Boot" fundraisers may look like they're doing a good deed --

Supreme Court temporarily blocks order on transgender bathroom use

CNN  A divided Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to temporarily block a lower court order that had cleared the way for a transgender male high school student to use the boys' bathroom in a Vi

EU Slams Law Increasing Transparency for its Donations to Israeli NGOs

The Jerusalem Post  The new NGO Transparency Law subverts Israel and the European Union's shared democratic values, the European Commission's spokesperson said Tuesday.

Churches challenge state on gender identity law

The Des Moines Register  Two conservative Iowa churches contend the Iowa Civil Rights Commission is violating their rights to free speech and religious liberty by censoring their views on

With DNC just weeks away, host committee still waiting for green light from IRS

Philadelphia Inquirer  The local fund-raising committee for the Democratic National Convention still has not received tax-exempt status from the IRS, and that could affect donors who want

State shuts down deceptive firefighter charity

The Detroit News  The state reached a deal Thursday to shut down a Wyandotte charity that misled donors who gave money for firefighters and fire victims.

FASB Updates Accounting Rules For Not-for-Profits

The Wall Street Journal  The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s updated rules aim to make it simpler for nonprofits to classify and report their assets.