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7 Mar 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Writing on behalf of the Urban Institute's Tax Policy and Charities project, attorneys Martin A. Hall and Carolyn M. Osteen of Ropes & Gray LLP have written a comprehensive report entitled, "The Charitable Contribution Deduction: Reform and Simplification -...

21 Feb 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 514, the "Donate for Disaster Relief Act of 2013". If enacted, the bill would allow taxpayers to designate a specified portion (of not less than $1) of any overpayment of their income tax to be paid to a Disaster...


The Congressional Research Service has issued a report in which it reviews the estate and gift tax provisions of The American Taxpayer Relief Act for 2013 going forward....

20 Feb 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Testifying on behalf of the American Council on Gift Annuities, attorney Conrad Teitell offered a four-point plan of recommendations that include 1) making direct tax-free transfers to public charities from IRAs (IRA rollovers) permanent;  2) expanding IRA...

20 Feb 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Testifying on behalf of Independent Sector, Diana Aviv urged that as Congress considers proposals to improve the economy and reduce the nation's debt, it consider both the short-term and the long-term consequences of all proposals before it and NOT consider reducing...

19 Feb 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Testifying on his own behalf before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions, Urban Institute Fellow C. Eugene Steuerle stated that each tax subsidy should be reviewed rigorously on a periodic basis and reformed to be...


Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, has announced that the Committee will hold a hearing to examine the itemized deduction for charitable contributions as part of the Committee's work on comprehensive tax reform.


In preparation for this Thursday's "Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Contributions," the Joint Committee on Taxation has prepared an overview of the present-law rules relating to the Federal tax treatment of charitable contributions, a discussion of economic...


The Congressional Research Service has issued a report that provides an overview of recent changes affecting tax-exempt and charitable organizations, while also discussing issues that may be of legislative interest in the future.

4 Jan 2013 | Legislative | National Publication | Article | 1 comments

H.R.8, the "American Taxpayer Relief Act" provides a special opportunity for Charitable IRA Rollover Gifts in 2012 if...


On January 1, 2013, both the Senate and House of Representatives passed H.R.8, the "American Taxpayer Relief Act" and President Obama has now signed it into law. In this article, the Long Beach, California accountancy firm Windes & McClaughry review the key...

12 Oct 2012 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

House Ways and Means Committee member Fortney Pete Stark, D-CA., has introducted H.R. 6549, the Computers in Our Communities Act, that would extend the enhanced charitable deduction for corporate contributions of computers for educational purposes through...


Have you ever wondered how the IRS defines "educational" organizations for purposes of tax-exempt status and how far can that term can be extended? So did the Congressional Research Service.


The Senate Finance Committee has released a summary of its approved version of the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012 tax extenders package. Charitable provisions included within the package are two year extensions of the provisions that...


In this comprehensive report, the Congressional Research Service reviews recent developments in the tax treatment of Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), questions addressed in the 2011 Treasury report, 2008 Donor Advised Fund data, and policy considerations.


Citing concerns over privacy protections, 11 Senators today pressed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for additional answers on the agency's decision to request confidential donor information from organizations applying for tax exempt status. In a letter led by...

23 May 2012 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Speaking at a May 16 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Tax-Exempt Organizations, attorney and author Bruce R. Hopkins of Polsinelli Shughart PC provided an overview of the federal tax law applicable to certain tax-exempt organizations.

23 May 2012 | Legislative | National Publication | News story

Speaking at a May 16 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Tax-Exempt Organizations, Independent Sector President Diana L. Aviv presented the findings of a 24-member panel that undertook a comprehensive review of governance and other aspects of charitable sector...


The Joint Committee on Taxation has published a list of expiring tax provisions for 2011 through 2012. Charitable provisions that expired on December 31, 2011 include enhanced charitable deductions for contributions of food inventory, book inventories to public...

16 Nov 2011 | Congressional Correspondence | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

The American Council on Gift Annuities has issued a Statement for the Record of the Senate Finance Committee’s 10/18/11 hearing: Tax Reform Options — Incentives for Charitable Giving. Prepared by attorney Conrad Teitell, the statement focuses on and...

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