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The 2014 revisions to Form 990 Schedule A contained a number of changes for tax-exempt entities, and Type I, II, and III supporting organizations will feel the greatest impact. We give an overview of the new classification tests.

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The IRS’s Tax Exempt & Government Entities division has released its priority guidance work plan to review its activities in 2015 and communicate its areas of focus for the year ahead. We give an overview of its key areas.

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Ensuring you’ve provided donors with the proper documentation for IRS tax deduction purposes can help make sure they get the tax benefit of their donation. We review what charitable organizations need to provide in this Insight.

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The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 extends a number of charitable giving incentives and modified other provisions relevant to not-for-profit organizations. Details in this Alert.

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Banks need to assess five risks as 2020 nears and bank directors look for ways to innovate with increasing consumer demands and competition. The risks are data security, regulatory risk, staffing, profitability, and bank survival.

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Charitable gifts made before year-end can provide a valuable deduction against your 2015 taxes. As the year winds down, consider gifting options beyond your checkbook to increase the tax efficiency of your gifts.

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A number of key developments and considerations came out of California’s 2015 legislative session. We cover key tax opportunities and changes for businesses and individuals for the 2016 filing season and beyond.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 modifies several provisions pertaining to partnership audits. Those with under 100 partners may opt out under two methods. We give an overview of the new law to date in this Alert.

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Will you meet your minimum distribution requirement this year? Can you carry net operating losses over from previous years? How can you reduce the tax rate on net investment income? Our year-end guide addresses all this and more.

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Interest-charge domestic international sales corporations have waned now that the tax rate on qualified dividends has increased. But combined with an accounts receivable factoring arrangement, they still deliver substantial tax benefits.

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Every organization can improve performance and achieve greater success by implementing four attributes, known as the Golden Formula: plan, perform, people, communicate. This Insight details how to put a strategic plan in place.

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In 2014, government entities experienced the second highest rate of fraud of any industry. That goes for tribal governments, too. These top five tips will help your tribe reduce the opportunities for fraud and the risk of it happening.

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The deadline is approaching for the Affordable Care Act’s information reporting provision, which affects applicable large employers (ALE) and is mandatory for the 2015 calendar year. Smaller employers also have reporting obligations.

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A significant change to tax exemption for hospitals is mandatory for tax years beginning after December 29, 2015. IRC Section 501(r) requires modifications of existing practices and policies or hospital risk fines of up to $50,000 as well as potential loss of tax-exempt status.

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We cover changes to regulations and emerging issues covered in the final inpatient prospective payment system and the proposed hospital outpatient prospective payment system.

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Though year-end 2015 may seem distant, now’s the time for private foundations to review their preparedness to meet minimum distribution requirements, use or create excess distribution carryovers, and take advantage of reduced excise tax rates.

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Split-dollar life insurance plans are becoming popular among health care organizations because they offer tax-advantaged retirement benefits and can qualify for loan accounting treatment. The catch? Loan treatment doesn’t always apply.

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The IRS is waiving penalties related to incorrect or missing taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) submitted by colleges and universities on Form 1098-T. This waiver applies to 2012, 2013, and 2014 tax years.

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The Treasury and IRS have released new proposed and temporary regulations on Section 199—the domestic production activities deduction. For agricultural cooperatives, the changes clarify several key items but raise further questions on a third.

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Companies in agribusiness are often family-owned, which means their buy-sell agreements, life insurance policies, and estate and succession plans need to be in sync to work smoothly and effectively. We take a closer look in this Insight.

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