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Category Archives: Nonprofit Law

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE CALLING AN ATTORNEY ABOUT STARTING A NONPROFIT

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Justin R. Coleman, Esq. and H. Robert Showers Esq. So, you have a passion to save the world (or at least some portion of it)? For some, this may mean spending time working at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or youth program. Others may feel that their cause is not being adequately… Read More »

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Immigration Changes for Nonprofits and Churches

By Simms Showers LLP |

  1. Form I-9 Changes in January 2017 Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of its Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form and required U.S. employers to begin using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017.  Currently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct thousands of I-9… Read More »

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Nonprofit and Church Alert: Court Stalls New FLSA Rule

By Simms Showers LLP |

On November 22, 2016, a federal court enjoined the new FLSA salary rule that was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. That start date is postponed indefinitely pending further action of the Courts, Executive branch or Congress or all three. Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas granted an Emergency Motion for… Read More »

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Why Non-Profits Should Regularly Assess Risk

By Simms Showers LLP |

Did you know that your organization may be at risk?  Organizations face a myriad of unexpected situations that can either promote their success or leave them vulnerable.  Non-profit organizations are no exception and should employ risk management strategies to judge the likelihood, severity and effects of potential liabilities. If your organization would like to… Read More »

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EZ Does It, or Not: The New Form 1023-EZ for Nonprofits

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Achieving tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has always been an arduous process, with numerous checks and double-checks built in by the Internal Revenue Service to prevent the fraud that the nonprofit sector seems to attract. Now the IRS has taken a major step to streamline the process, but not everyone is thrilled… Read More »

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Reporting Child Abuse: What is Your Duty?

By Simms Showers LLP |

Consider the following scenarios: • Parents tell the pastor they believe, based on examination and the strange behavior of their 2-year-old daughter, that she was molested by her Sunday School teacher. • A volunteer tells the pastor she has seen an adult Praise Factory worker take the same 3-year-old child to the bathroom alone… Read More »

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Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Hiring and Firing

By Simms Showers LLP |

In our tight economy, hearing “You got the job!” may be one of the most thrilling moments a person can have, while hearing “You’re fired!” may consequently be one of the scariest moments. As an employer, you hold in your hand the fate of your employees and the fate of dozens of well-qualified potential… Read More »

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The Benefits of a Registered Agent

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A corporate entity of any kind is what the law refers to as a “legal fiction.” It technically does not exist, at least not on its own. It is a fiction; a story that must be told and re-told. When the story stops being told, the corporation becomes a pretense and all the things… Read More »

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Unrelated Business Income Tax Primer for Nonprofits

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What do all the following scenarios have in common?  A nonprofit youth camp leases its facilities during the off season for weekend business conventions; a homeless shelter forms a joint venture with private investors to raise money for the construction of a new facility; a church sells Christmas trees at twice their cost to… Read More »

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New Fair Labor Standards Act Changes to Take Effect December 1, 2016

By Simms Showers LLP |

The Department of Labor recently issued significant and sweeping salary threshold changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) through its Final Rule, published on May 18, 2016.  The Rule is set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  These changes are the result of a Presidential Memorandum issued by President Obama in… Read More »

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