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Loving Thy Neighbor: Tax-Compliant Benevolence

Does your house of worship financially help those in need?  Commonly known as “benevolence,” this charitable assistance arises from age-old religious concepts and carries significant modern-day tax compliance implications.  Not only should such religious organizations maintain benevolence policies, but they also need to follow through with related communications, financial controls, and other safeguards.

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A tiny chapel — and a law beloved by evangelicals — might stand in the way of Trump's wall

Yahoo News  At Monday’s campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, President Trump proudly proclaimed that construction of his border wall was moving full steam ahead.

An L.A. councilman promoted a charity. Should he have disclosed the donors?

Los Angeles Times  When the North Valley Family YMCA invited donors to its annual fundraising dinner, it was the smiling face of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander that appeared

IRS Commissioner Offers Message To Taxpayers

Forbes  Just in time for the busiest weekend for the IRS, Commissioner Chuck Rettig has a message to taxpayers.

IRS Issues Guidance On Excess Parachute Provisions Applicable To Tax-Exempt Entities

JD Supra  Even during the recent government shut down, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on the “excess parachute” provisions applicable to tax-exempt organizations under the 2017

IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits

The National Law Review  The IRS issued two pieces of interim guidance with respect to the new treatment of qualified transportation fringe benefits following the changes made by the Tax Cut

Court schools Univ. of Iowa, says religious groups deserve equal treatment

Becket Law Press Release -   WASHINGTON, D.C.

Candid: The Foundation Center/GuideStar Merger’s Noteworthy Process

Nonprofit Quarterly  Few are likely to see the merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar, announced this morning, as a surprise.

Google fined €50 million for GDPR violation in France

The Verge France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, has issued Google a €50 million fine (around $56.8 million USD) for failing to comply with its GDPR obligations. This is the biggest GDPR fine yet to be issued by a European regulator and the first time one of the tech giants has been found to fall foul of the tough new regulations that came into force in May last year.

Supreme Court refuses to hear coach's free speech case

The Hill  The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a case challenging whether teachers and coaches retain any First Amendment right to freedom of speech and religion when they’re in the presence of students.  The case centers on Joseph Kennedy, who was suspended and ultimately let go from his job as a high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., for kneeling midfield and saying a quiet prayer to himself after games.

Hotel dishwasher awarded $21 million after boss made her work on Sundays

MSN News  A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million, concluding that her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her on Sundays and ultimately firing her.

A tiny chapel — and a law beloved by evangelicals — might stand in the way of Trump's wall

Yahoo News  At Monday’s campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, President Trump proudly proclaimed that construction of his border wall was moving full steam ahead.

An L.A. councilman promoted a charity. Should he have disclosed the donors?

Los Angeles Times  When the North Valley Family YMCA invited donors to its annual fundraising dinner, it was the smiling face of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander that appeared