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Charitable giving the smart way

Arizona Daily Star  December is the most popular month for charitable gifts. Before you start the process, consider these six important steps: Confirm that the charity is legitimate and financially sound. Earlier this year, the IRS warned against a big uptick in charitable frauds. "Scam artists commonly use charities as a cover to lure honest people into providing money and sensitive personal information," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Protect yourself, and make sure you are dealing with a reputable group before making a donation."

Defining 'political activity' for the internet: Learning from the IRS

The Hill  Social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google have been struggling to develop policies regarding political ads. Facebook has taken the position that it will not fact check political ads. However, it recently announced that it is considering increasing the minimum number of people who can be targeted by specific political ads from a hundred to a few thousand. Twitter has decided not only to end political ads, but also to impose restrictions on cause-related advertising. Google has determined to stop allowing highly targeted political advertising, but to continue to fact check such ads, as part of a general policy forbidding misleading advertising.

Why the Trump Foundation settlement was so unusual

City & State New York  New York’s case against the Trump Foundation was unusual. Last month, President Donald Trump admitted to misusing the charitable funds to boost his presidential campaign, pay off his companies’ debt and purchase a $10,000 portrait of himself. The admission came with what experts called an unprecedented punishment for such a foundation – he was ordered to pay $2 million in damages, to be sent to eight charities, and agreed to strict oversight if he ever attempted to head a nonprofit again.

Charitable Giving Is Down. It Might Be Time To Reform The Charitable Deduction.

NPR  The holidays are approaching. The Salvation Army's red kettles are jingling. Canvassers are canvassing. Public radio hosts are pleading. "Giving Season" is upon us, and it benefits a lot from the charitable tax deduction. But the reality is, only a sliver of taxpayers will receive this tax benefit.

Did St. Luke’s administrator’s pre-election email cautioning staff about Democratic judges violate IRS code?

The Morning Call  The day before Election Day, an email was sent to staff from the account of a senior administrator at St. Luke’s University Health Network, saying Democratic candidates for Superior Court are bankrolled by lawyers who sue hospitals, doctors and other medical providers.

Georgia ethics chief says nonprofit gave Abrams unreported aid

AJC.com  The state ethics commission’s director told the panel Wednesday that a voting advocacy nonprofit connected to Stacey Abrams acted as a political committee during the 2018 elections and should have both registered with the state and reported how much it raised and spent.

Arizona’s new tax law provides a tax break for your nonprofit giving

Inside Tucson Business  It’s the time of year when gift-giving is driven more by motivation than obligation. Beyond the heart-warming celebratory gatherings of friends and family, it’s the time of year when nonprofit organizations reach out to supporters and donors—current, past and new—to consider a year-end gift, or investment, in agencies doing so much good work in communities large and small.

Chicago’s nonprofit hospitals earn and deserve tax exemption

Crain's Chicago Business  For more than a century, Illinois court decisions — including a state Supreme Court ruling last year — have held that nonprofit hospitals should receive property tax exemption when they provide valuable charitable and community services. Additionally, a bipartisan law enacted by the General Assembly in 2012 sets clear state standards — that are actually more stringent than federal standards — specifying what counts and how much is needed for a hospital to earn property tax exemption.

Ohio Bill Targets Nonprofit Booze Laws

The NonProfit Times  Things soon might get significantly more jolly at nonprofits and churches in Ohio. A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the state legislature to make it easier for organizations to give away baskets of booze and use them as prizes in raffles.

New Bill Would Encourage All Taxpayers to Give in Tight Financial Times

ECFA  In conjunction with the annual Giving Tuesday celebrated this year on December 3, Congressman Mark Walker of North Carolina has reintroduced legislation known as the “Universal Charitable Giving Act” to encourage all Americans to give generously to support the critical work of our nation’s charities.

Charitable giving the smart way

Arizona Daily Star  December is the most popular month for charitable gifts. Before you start the process, consider these six important steps: Confirm that the charity is legitimate and financially sound. Earlier this year, the IRS warned against a big uptick in charitable frauds. "Scam artists commonly use charities as a cover to lure honest people into providing money and sensitive personal information," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Protect yourself, and make sure you are dealing with a reputable group before making a donation."

Defining 'political activity' for the internet: Learning from the IRS

The Hill  Social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google have been struggling to develop policies regarding political ads. Facebook has taken the position that it will not fact check political ads. However, it recently announced that it is considering increasing the minimum number of people who can be targeted by specific political ads from a hundred to a few thousand. Twitter has decided not only to end political ads, but also to impose restrictions on cause-related advertising. Google has determined to stop allowing highly targeted political advertising, but to continue to fact check such ads, as part of a general policy forbidding misleading advertising.