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As the Regulations Turn: Schedule B Disclosure Restrictions Now Open for Comments

The Trump Administration is back on track with limiting tax-exempt organizations’ disclosure of major donor information, through Form 990’s Schedule B.  On September 6, 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice in response to the recent judicial invalidation of IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-38, thereby commencing a “notice and comment” period for reinstating such requirements through new government regulations. Once that time period ends, the new donor disclosure restrictions will take effect.

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Jury finds Aurora teacher guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse

Kane County Chronicle  An East Aurora School District 131 teacher was found guilty for failing to report suspected child abuse to authorities as required by law, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

ACLU Sues to Block New Jersey Donor Disclosure Law

Courthouse News Service  The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued state election officials Tuesday, asking a federal judge to declare that a donor disclosure law aimed at social welfare groups violates rights to free speech and association.

Appeals court reinstates Minnesota filmmakers' bid to refuse same-sex couples

Duluth News Tribune  A federal court on Friday, Aug. 23, reinstated a St.

Judge sides with Mayo Clinic in IRS lawsuit over $11.5M

Grand Forks Herald  An almost three-year legal battle with the IRS over whether Mayo Clinic can be classified as a school has ended with a judge ruling that the question at the heart of the case exceeds the government's bounds of authority and is "unlawful."

Attorney General James Files Lawsuit Against IRS

New York State Attorney General's Office  NEW YORK — Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with New Jersey, and Connecticut, that argued against the new IRS Rule that would prevent residents from obtaining charitable deductions for contributions to local governments.

Parking Tax Update - Repeal of Parking Fringes Tax

ECFA  The Economic Mobility Act of 2019 would repeal section 512(a)(7), which imposes a 21 percent tax on expenses incurred by tax-exempt organizations for providing transportation benefits to their employees. The bill was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee on June 20.

Feds release long-awaited rules on college endowment tax

The Washington Post  The Treasury Department late Friday proposed rules for a tax on the endowments of private colleges and universities, but higher-education experts say the guidelines raise questions more than they provide answers.

Supreme Court to review Montana school choice program

Star Tribune  The Supreme Court will consider reviving a Montana program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships.

Court holds that First Amendment does not apply to private operator of public-access channels

SCOTUS Blog  The First Amendment bars the government from restricting freedom of speech, but it does not generally apply to private actors, like corporations.

Atheist Group Decides Not to Appeal Clergy Housing Allowance Case to the U.S. Supreme Court

Nonprofit CPA  The atheist group, Freedom from Religion Foundation, that filed the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance exclusion announced on Fr

Jury finds Aurora teacher guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse

Kane County Chronicle  An East Aurora School District 131 teacher was found guilty for failing to report suspected child abuse to authorities as required by law, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

ACLU Sues to Block New Jersey Donor Disclosure Law

Courthouse News Service  The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued state election officials Tuesday, asking a federal judge to declare that a donor disclosure law aimed at social welfare groups violates rights to free speech and association.