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Posted on May 2, 2018

Does your nonprofit organization do any of the following?

    1. Pay for MARTA passes or nearby parking for employees,

    2. Purchase MARTA passes or parking at a nearby lot and then passes those costs on to employees through a pre-tax deduction to the employee’s pay, or

    3. Have parking lot spaces included in its lease and provides the parking free to its employees.

Then your nonprofit may owe taxes to the IRS under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read this important article for more information.

Posted on February 19, 2018

If your nonprofit provides donors with an item in return for a donation, you will need to determine whether such item qualifies as a “low-cost article”. That question impacts how much the donor can deduct for his or her donation and what language you need to include on the acknowledgment of the donation.

Posted on December 22, 2017

There were many proposals in the House and Senate tax reform bills that could have affected small §501(c)(3) nonprofit clients, and now that the dust has cleared and the bill has become law, here are the main changes that could affect Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta clients.

Posted on December 21, 2017

As a Georgia nonprofit, do we pay sales tax on items we buy and do we have to charge sales tax on items we sell? Much of the time, the answer is Yes! Nonprofits in Georgia are not automatically exempt from sales tax.

During this webcast, our speakers will:
– Provide an overview of sales taxes and use taxes in Georgia;
– Explain how sales tax is collected and remitted in Georgia;
– Describe the structure of exemptions to sales tax;
– Describe items for which nonprofits must collect and remit sales tax; and
– Explain some of the limited exemptions to sales tax for nonprofits

Presenters: Mace Gunter, Delta Air Lines and Robyn Miller, PBPA Corporate/Tax Counsel

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Posted on December 19, 2017

Thrift shops are a popular way for nonprofit organizations to earn extra income. Whether your nonprofit is about to open the doors to your new thrift shop or you have been running one for years, this article raises some of the legal issues to consider.

Posted on October 4, 2017

Many tax exempt charities are interested in presenting their views regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy, commonly referred to as “DACA.” The policy, initially implemented by President Obama, permitted certain illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to remain here and apply for work permits. President Trump has rescinded the policy but provided a six-month effective date for the change. Accordingly, Congress may pass legislation during this period to codify all or elements of DACA. For example, certain Senators have introduced the “Success Act” which would codify certain elements of DACA. This article will discuss the extent a charity may be involved in this policy issue without jeopardizing its tax-exempt status.

Posted on April 17, 2017

Are you considering conducting commercial type activities – maybe a thrift store or a coffee shop, or selling goods or services of some kind? The IRS has developed short podcasts on various subjects to educate its employees and has made these podcasts available to the public. This podcast explains how the IRS evaluates commercial type activities when deciding whether to approve tax exemption or revoke tax exemption. It’s short (15 minutes long) and helpful.

https://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/Resource-Library/Issue-Podcasts

Posted on March 15, 2017

If you raise money from the general public in Georgia, you may need to make a special filing with the Secretary of State’s office. Here’s a quick review of what you’re required to file, and where.

Posted on March 2, 2017

Recently, the IRS updated Form 990-EZ by adding 29 pop-up question icons to the electronic form to help tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filing their annual returns. Filing the electronic Form 990-EZ online (rather than mailing a paper copy) cuts down significantly on errors and substantially increases the likelihood the form is complete when filed.

Posted on February 24, 2017

When you applied for 501(c)(3) status for your organization, you had to tell the IRS what charitable services you were going to provide, whom you would serve and whether you planned to charge fees (which had to be reasonable). The IRS granted 501(c)(3) status to your organization based on that information. Now in the age of buzz words like “self-sustaining” and “diversification of income”, there are voices encouraging charities to act more like businesses and expand their income-generating activities. What if your organization now wants to generate income by providing the same services but to a different group of people? Or by providing slightly different services? And how do you determine whether your fees are reasonable? During this webcast, we will explore how charitable 501(c)(3)s can charge fees for services while remaining charitable.

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