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What’s Happening at the IRS? A Few Observations for 2017

A fun thing about practicing law is to observe changes to governmental agencies.  The last few years at the IRS’ EO Division- the section of the federal government responsible for overseeing tax-exempt organizations- has been quite a rollercoaster. The IRS’ EO Division came under intense congressional and public scrutiny in 2013, under allegations that the agency intentionally discriminated against conservative, pro-life, and pro-Israel organizations.

The scandal’s effect on the IRS’ EO Division was monumental.  The Service today is different on so many levels from 2013.  Moreover, 2017 brings a new sheriff to 1600 Pennsylvania, and the IRS is certain to undergo further changes under Trump’s administration.   How have these changes impacted nonprofits, and what’s in store for 2017?  Here are some selected observations on audits, the Form 1023-EZ, and what might be ahead for the IRS under President Trump’s administration. 

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Illinois Supreme Court delivers partial win for hospitals on property taxes

Chicago Tribune  Illinois' not-for-profit hospitals can continue to skip paying property taxes, for now, after an Illinois Supreme Court decision Thursday that follows years of battles bet

Measure H campaign relied on public funds, charity funds, and clout: Susan Shelley

Los Angeles Daily News  L.A. County voters have passed another increase in the sales tax, making it 9.5 percent starting on July 1.

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Obama IRS Scandal Continues – JW Forces IRS to Disclose New Documents

Judicial Watch  We have no intention to allow the extra-legal activities of President Obama’s administration to fade into the sunset now that he is out of office.

So why is an AIDS nonprofit suing to halt construction and pushing for Measure S?

Los Angeles Times  The AIDS Healthcare Foundation oversees a global philanthropic empire that extends from its Hollywood headquarters to 15 states and 38 countries.

IRS Makes Approved Form 1023-EZ Data Available Online

IRS Press Release  The Internal Revenue Service announced today that publicly available information from approved applications for tax exemption using Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application

Charitable gambling nonprofits say tax bills bigger than money left for charity

Star Tribune  For every dollar raised through charitable gambling that the Irving Community Association gives to food shelves and children’s programs, it pays more than $2 in taxes.

Bob Jones University to regain nonprofit status

USA Today  Bob Jones University says it will regain its federal tax-exempt status on March 1, more than three decades after the IRS stripped its nonprofit ranking following a landmark U.S.

Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Endorsements by Churches

The New York Times  President Trump vowed on Thursday to overturn a law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gestur

Nonprofits Closing Doors as India Cuts Access to Funds

The New York Times  A nonprofit running schools for children from India's lowest caste may run out of money to pay teachers in just months.

Illinois Supreme Court delivers partial win for hospitals on property taxes

Chicago Tribune  Illinois' not-for-profit hospitals can continue to skip paying property taxes, for now, after an Illinois Supreme Court decision Thursday that follows years of battles bet

Measure H campaign relied on public funds, charity funds, and clout: Susan Shelley

Los Angeles Daily News  L.A. County voters have passed another increase in the sales tax, making it 9.5 percent starting on July 1.