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Category Archives: Taxes

How Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Affect Your Tax-Exempt Organization?

By Simms Showers LLP |

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, it fundamentally altered the health insurance landscape in the U.S.  Although the ACA become law five years ago, it still has not been fully implemented. Instead, the federal agencies tasked with implementing the law, namely, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal… Read More »

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Do’s and Don’ts of Effective and Legal Use of For-Profits with Non-Profits

By Simms Showers LLP |

Increasingly, it has become common practice for churches and non-profits to combine their ministry with a related for-profit endeavor.  Whether it’s a coffee shop or a manufacturing enterprise, non-profits can often be seen involving themselves in successful and profitable businesses.  Because of the significant differences between for-profit and non-profit activities and structures, an unwary… Read More »

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End of Year Donations: The Gift that Keeps on Giving?

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Although the holidays are a time of rest for most, churches and non-profits often kick into over-drive during this season.  The last two months of the year are prime times to connect with donors and potential donors who only have until December 31st to give away money and claim a tax deduction.  As your… 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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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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Church, Nonprofit and Small Business Health Care Tax Credit: What It Is and How to Claim It

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Don’t leave money on the table this tax season!  The small business health insurance tax credit is granted to small employers, including tax-exempt employers such as churches and nonprofits, who pay at least 50% of their employees’ health insurance premiums for a qualified health plan. The tax credit is calculated as a percentage of… Read More »

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