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EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

July 11, 2016

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EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

July 11, 2016

Authored by: larryt

  • New requirement for organizations intending to operate under Section 501(c)(4): Submit Form 8976 New legislation enacted at the end of 2015 added section 506 to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 506 requires an organization to notify the IRS of its intent to operate as a section 501(c)(4) organization. The IRS has developed a new form – Form 8976 – that organizations should use to provide this notification. The Form 8976 may only be submitted electronically. The Form 8976 – Electronic Registration System allows organizations to complete the notification process, keeps account information current and enables organizations to receive secure, digital communications from the IRS. A user fee of $50 must be submitted to Pay.gov to complete your organization’s notification. You do not need special software to submit a notification. Learn more.
  • User fee decreased for Form 1023-EZ On July 1 the user fee to process the Form
  • EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    May 17, 2016

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    Some Form 990-N Electronic Filing System (e-Postcard) users may see error messages

    The Form 990-N online filing system moved from Urban Institute to IRS.gov in February. While the new system has been successful, a very small percentage of users see site errors while registering or submitting the form. The IRS offers this advice:

    • Review the steps listed on How to File Form 990-N. Pay particular attention to the “text character” restrictions.
    • The Form 990-N (e-Postcard) User Guide will explain each step in the filing process.
    • If site errors are unresolved, call TE/GE Customer Account Services at 877-829-5500. A representative will gather your Form 990-N information for filing on your organization’s behalf.
    • Organizations will not be penalized for filing late if it was caused by website issues. Organizations should continue efforts to file, even if they are late.

    For more on filing Form 990-N, see the

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    May 11, 2016

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  • EP and EO participating in 2016 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums – Register Now
  • Register for IRS May 12 webinar: Reporting Compensation on Form 990 and Form 990-EZ
  • Register for IRS May 19 webinar: Understanding the Universal Availability Rules in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 1.  EP and EO participating in 2016 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums – Register Now

    Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations will participate in the 2016 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.

    Read article.

    2.  Register for IRS May 12 webinar: Reporting Compensation on Form 990 and Form 990-EZ

    1 p.m., ET

    Learn about:

    • How to report compensation
    • How to complete Form 990 and Form 990-EZ
    • What

    EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

    May 9, 2016

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  • IRS Announcement 2016-17: Limited Penalty Relief for Filers of Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement
  • Register for IRS May 12 webinar: Reporting Compensation on Form 990 and Form 990-EZ
  • Register for IRS May 19 webinar: Understanding the Universal Availability Rules in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • IRS EO Update

    April 28, 2016

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    IRS EO Update

    April 28, 2016

    Authored by: Keith Kehrer

    Register for IRS May 12 webinar: Reporting compensation on Form 990 or Form 990-EZ

    Don’t miss this event!

    May 12, 1-2 p.m., ET

    Learn about:

    • How to report compensation
    • How to complete Form 990 and Form 990-EZ
    • What has to be reported
    • Other compensation
    • Exceptions
    • Highest compensated employees

    Register for this webinar.

    Read IRS TE/GE “Issue Snapshots”

    The IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Knowledge Management team periodically issues research summaries called “Issue Snapshots” on tax-related issues for practitioners. They are posted on IRS.gov’s electronic reading room page under “Training and Reference Materials.” Bookmark and check the page often for helpful new materials.

    Recent articles include:

    Treasury Green Book Proposals — Private Foundations

    March 8, 2016

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    The Department of the Treasury has released the Treasury Green Book  for Fiscal Year 2017, which provides explanations of the President’s budget proposals.  One such proposal (remember…these are just proposals, not actual changes in the law) that may affect your estate planning, if passed, is found on page 240 of the Green Book and is re-printed here for your convenience:

    REFORM EXCISE TAX BASED ON INVESTMENT INCOME OF PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS

    Current Law

    Private foundations that are exempt from Federal income tax generally are subject to a two percent excise tax on their net investment income. The excise tax rate is reduced to one percent in any year in which the foundation’s distributions for charitable purposes exceed the average level of the foundation’s charitable distributions over the five preceding taxable years (with certain adjustments). Private foundations that are not exempt from Federal income tax, including certain charitable trusts, must pay an excise tax equal

    IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

    March 3, 2016

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    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

    The IRS has learned this scheme – part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year – already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including Forms W-2 that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

    “This is a new twist on an old scheme using the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings to try tricking people into sharing personal data. Now the criminals are focusing their schemes on company payroll departments,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “If your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before

    Health Coverage Providers: Deadlines for Health Coverage Providers to Report Minimum Essential Coverage are Approaching

    February 11, 2016

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    Who Must Report?

    If you are a health insurance issuer, self-insured employer, or other entity that providedminimum essential coverage (MEC) during calendar year 2015, including a state government providing Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, you are subject to Affordable Care Act information reporting requirements.

    What Must You Report?

    You must report certain information to the IRS and to covered individuals about the coverage that you provided.

    Which Forms Must You File?

    Health insurance issuers, employers that are not applicable large employers and offer self-insured coverage, Medicaid and CHIP providers, and other MEC providers file Form 1094-B and Form 1095-B with the IRS and provide a copy of Form 1095-B to the covered individuals.

    • Form 1095-B, Health Coverage: to report information to the IRS and to covered individuals about MEC
    • Form 1094-B, Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns: to transmit your Forms 1095-B

    IRS Exempt Organization Newsletter 2016-1

    February 3, 2016

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    On February 2, the IRS released its Exempt Organization Newsletter, Issue Number 2016-1.

  • Register for IRS webinar: Starting and Operating Charities for Disaster Relief
  • Form 990-N submission website will change Feb. 29
  • IRS provides tax relief to Missouri storm victims; tax deadline extended to May 16
  • Read IRS Tax Tips
  •   1.  Register for IRS webinar: Starting and Operating Charities for Disaster Relief

    Register for this one-hour webinar, scheduled Thursday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

    Learn about:

    • The requirements for starting a tax-exempt charity under federal law.
    • The ways for new and existing organizations to provide disaster relief without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.
    • Operational requirements, fundraising and working with volunteers.

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      2.  Form 990-N submission website will change Feb. 29

    Beginning February

    Multi-office Bryan Cave Team Leads Merger of Three Trade Associations to Form Global Association

    January 22, 2016

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    Bryan Cave lawyers in Washington, London and Singapore assisted our Washington-based client, Futures Industry Association, in designing and implementing two simultaneous mergers with allied associations in Europe and Asia in order to form one association to represent the global derivatives industry.  As these were non-profit, membership organizations, these transactions presented a number of complex transactional, tax, and international issues.  Members of the association include major financial institutions active in commodities and futures markets.

    To address these issues, Bryan Cave was able to utilize the expertise of attorneys in the three offices where the organizations are based, but also drew on expertise in the  St. Louis, New York and Los Angeles  offices.   The client team was led by Chris Rodgers in Washington.  Andrew Hart led the team in London.  Attorneys contributing to this effort included Rod Page (DC);  Sarah Buxton, Lorna Edwards, and Gary Freer (London); Nicole Simonian (LA), Keith Kehrer

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