Author Archives: Arthur Rieman

Are Nonprofits “Follow the Money” Obsessed?

Have the leaders of nonprofits been overly incentivized to “follow the money,” resulting in a troubling shift in the composition of boards? The answer is yes according to a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The trend may … Continue reading

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Form 990 Due Friday!

Form 990 is due this Friday (May 15) for all nonprofits that have a January to December tax year (other than churches, which are not required to file). If your nonprofit is not able to file a version of Form … Continue reading

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990s to Get Greater Scrutiny

Late last month, the IRS announced enhanced electronic processing of Forms 990 that will result in their getting greater scrutiny to ferret out inconsistencies and missing information. According to IRS tax law specialist (and former Los Angeles-based colleague of The … Continue reading

Form 990 Filing Site Hacked

Form 990 Filing just got more complicated. The online service where 990s are filed electronically has recently been hacked. The Urban Institute, which operates the online filing site for the annual returns nonprofits must file, announced that it “recently discovered … Continue reading

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IRS Targets Nonprofit Self-Declarers

It’s official. IRS targeting of nonprofit self-declarers will begin this year. Most organizations that qualify for federal tax-exemption other than non-church 501(c)(3) charities do not need to apply for tax-exemption. Whereas may do, they can simply self-declare that they are … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Growth Outpaces For-Profits 50:1

Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector sometimes point out that nonprofits employ 10% of the of American workers. But did you know that the growth in nonprofits during the last decade exceeded that of for profits by … Continue reading

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Where’s My Application? Good Question.

Until January 2014, you could go to the IRS website to find the answer to the question, where in the queue is my exemption application? For example, if in January you visited the IRS’s “Where Is My Application?” webpage, it … Continue reading

Misleading Notices Target Nonprofits

As happens every year, nonprofits are being targeted by businesses that send misleading corporate compliance notices. The first batch for 2014 has just been mailed with the headline “Annual Minutes Compliance Notice.” Don’t fall for these rip-offs. As the California … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga Boosts New Tax Plan

Earlier this week we told you that the House Ways and Means Committee is trying to force nonprofits to be more “effective” through a new tax plan. Thanks to Lady Gaga, the Committee has a new example of why such … Continue reading

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The DOMA Decision Has Immediate Impact for Nonprofits

Does the Supreme Court decision overturning the key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) have any impact on nonprofits? It does indeed. In his opinion for the Court, Justice Kennedy eloquently writes that the rights and benefits of marriage … Continue reading

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