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The Law of Fundraising 2019 Cumulative Supplement

The Law of Fundraising 2019 Cumulative Supplement

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Alicia M. Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2019

Untangle the web of fundraising regulations, with the latest updates for 2019 The Law of Fundraising is the definitive reference by the field's most respected authority, and the only book to tackle the increasingly complex maze of federal and state fundraising regulations. Updated to cover the latest changes to fundraising law for 2019, this book includes new coverage of donor-advised funds, international fundraising, and the IRS's charitable spending initiative alongside updates on Form 990, political fundraising, and more. Both state and federal regulations are covered with an emphasis on administrative, tax, and constitutional law, alongside expert discussion on compliance issues, trends, and upcoming legislation. Accessible language aids in conceptual understanding, while extensive tables of cases, IRS rulings and pronouncements, checklists, and sample forms facilitate correct application. The companion website features additional tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents, providing attorneys, accountants, and nonprofit professionals with a rich toolkit for ensuring compliance. With all topics pertaining to finance under increasing federal scrutiny, laws surrounding fundraising are becoming increasingly difficult to parse. Mistakes can impact the nonprofit's bottom line, so keeping up-to-date is crucial; this book provides a comprehensive reference to the latest developments, along with expert forecasting of what is to come. Understand the latest state and federal laws surrounding fundraising activities Learn how the law governs Internet fundraising and other emerging issues Get up to date on the new rules surrounding donor-advised funds and international fundraising Examine prospective laws, regulatory trends, and how new rules impact fundraising professionals Fundraising is critical to the nonprofit's ability to carry out their mission, yet the regulatory tangle at both the state and federal level can be a nightmare to navigate. The Law of Fundraising streamlines compliance with the latest legal developments and invaluable tools for application.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving 2019 Cumulative Supplement

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving 2019 Cumulative Supplement

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2019

The classic reference for charitable gift regulations, updated for 2019 The Tax Law of Charitable Giving is the leading guide to the law, rules, and regulations governing charitable giving. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is the most respected authority in the field; in this book, he provides a comprehensive update on the latest changes to the law, new Treasury Department regulations, and much more to help lawyers, managers, and development directors in tax-exempt organizations stay up-to-date on all regulations pertaining to charitable gifts. The companion website provides additional tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents to help nonprofits make fully informed decisions about their fund-development programs. As quickly as tax law evolves, it remains the nonprofit's responsibility to stay up-to-date and compliant with all relevant regulations. This book provides a definitive reference for the latest changes, new laws, and upcoming legislation to provide an accessible one-stop reference. Examine the latest changes to the laws surrounding charitable giving Learn how the new healthcare tax affects pooled income funds Understand the Treasury Department's new regulations for reporting, appraisal, and more Access reference tables, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents Charitable gifts are the cornerstone of the nonprofit organization's support, and American taxpayers give more than any other group worldwide. The rules surrounding these gifts are complex, but compliance is critical to the health of the organization. The Tax Law of Charitable Giving provides an authoritative reference for all aspects of the law, with the most up-to-date information available anywhere.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2019

Tax-exempt law explained, for lawyers and nonlawyers alike The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations has, for decades, been the definitive single-volume source of legal information for nonprofit lawyers and managers alike. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is widely recognized as the leading authority on the subject; in this thoroughly revised Twelfth Edition, he provides all the updates you need to stay current on the latest changes to tax code, regulatory, and case law developments. Annual supplements available with the book will ensure that you don't miss any important updates. Making solid decisions about the future of any tax-exempt organization requires a firm and up-to-date understanding of the relevant tax and other law. This reference provides guidance on the latest developments in eligibility for tax exemption, the private inurement and private benefit doctrines, nonprofit governance, lobbying, political campaign activity, public charities, private foundations, donor-advised funds, unrelated business activities, reporting, disclosure requirements, and more. Understand the tax code, regulations, and case law pertaining to all categories of tax-exempt organizations Access the nonprofit law standard reference guide, written by the leading legal expert on tax-exempt organizations Prepare yourself to make well-founded strategic decisions about the current and future actions of your organization Review annual supplements that provide plain-English information on changes for each tax year Written in a practical format that's accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Twelfth Edition, is a trustworthy resource for anyone involved in advising or managing charitable organizations, social welfare entities, associations, clubs, or any other type of tax-exempt entity.

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

The Tax Law of Private Foundations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Jody Blazek Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2018

Make sense of the new regulatory requirements with expert clarification and practical tools for compliance Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, 5th Edition provides clarification, expert insight, and helpful instruction for executives and supporting professionals navigating extensive federal tax law requirements. Despite their relatively low numbers, private foundations are subject to complex, burdensome regulations that continue to expand; the recent tax overhaul has compounded this issue, bringing massive changes beyond the usual annual adjustments, and throwing a wrench into the status quo of compliance-as-usual. This book summarizes and clarifies the statutory regulations governing private foundations, offers expert insight into the underlying logic, and provides a host of practical tools that ease the filing process and help ensure compliance with the latest laws. Detailed explanations are bolstered by checklists, sample documents and letters, practice forms, and real-world examples in order to provide both conceptual and practical guidance for maintaining tax-exempt eligibility and tax compliance. By untangling the complex maze of constantly-evolving requirements, this book offers a much-needed resource to those tasked with ensuring compliance amidst regulatory changes year after year. Learn how the recent changes to tax laws affect private foundations and related organizations Understand the practical implications of maintaining compliance Access critical tools that help streamline the filing process Avoid mistakes and oversights with line-by-line instruction This book is updated annually to provide guidance based on the most recent iteration of the law, but this year's edition is unusually critical; federal law has undergone sweeping changes that will substantially alter filings across the board, and the complex nature of the regulations governing private foundations promises additional confusion as the new laws are applied. Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance, 5th Edition provides insight, clarification, and explanation from the nation's leading authority on tax-exempt organizations to help private foundations maintain compliance amidst the changes.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, 2018 Cumulative Supplement

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving, 2018 Cumulative Supplement

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2018

The classic reference for charitable gift regulations, updated for 2018 The Tax Law of Charitable Giving is the leading guide to the law, rules, and regulations governing charitable giving. Author Bruce R. Hopkins is the most respected authority in the field; in this book, he provides a comprehensive update on the latest changes to the law, new Treasury Department regulations, and much more to help lawyers, managers, and development directors in tax-exempt organizations stay up-to-date on all regulations pertaining to charitable gifts. The companion website provides additional tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents to help nonprofits make fully informed decisions about their fund-development programs. As quickly as tax law evolves, it remains the nonprofit's responsibility to stay up-to-date and compliant with all relevant regulations. This book provides a definitive reference for the latest changes, new laws, and upcoming legislation to provide an accessible one-stop reference. Examine the latest changes to the laws surrounding charitable giving Learn how the new healthcare tax affects pooled income funds Understand the Treasury Department's new regulations for reporting, appraisal, and more Access reference tables, IRS guidelines, and other useful documents Charitable gifts are the cornerstone of the nonprofit organization's support, and American taxpayers give more than any other group worldwide. The rules surrounding these gifts are complex, but compliance is critical to the health of the organization. The Tax Law of Charitable Giving provides an authoritative reference for all aspects of the law, with the most up-to-date information available anywhere.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, 2018 Cumulative Supplement + Website

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, 2018 Cumulative Supplement + Website

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2018

The gold-standard guide to nonprofit law, updated for 2018 The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations + Website is the definitive reference for leaders and lawyers of tax-exempt organizations. Written by the field's most respected authority, this book provides comprehensive coverage of all currently relevant regulations to help you make informed decisions about the future of your organization. Accessible language and extensive tabular information allow for easy navigation and quick reference, while the companion website features additional resources that provide additional depth on specific topics. Tax laws are continuously evolving, and the statutes and regulations for tax-exempt organizations change more quickly than most. This book compiles all of the latest pertinent statutes, regulations, rulings, and court opinions into a single reference that no nonprofit should be without. Get up to date on the latest changes to tax regulations for exempt organizations Learn the new and expanded rules for supporting organizations Review recent IRS rulings, Treasury Department regulations, and court opinions Find answers to the emerging issues surrounding the commerciality doctrine governance, unrelated business, constitutional law issues, and much more Failure to keep pace with changing tax law can easily result in costly penalties; in the non-profit world, each and every dollar is precious--by staying up to date on tax-exempt regulations, you not only avoid penalties, but you may discover new developments that actually benefit your bottom line. The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations + Website provides the information you need, and the expert guidance to help you take advantage of every opportunity.

Private Foundations Tax Law and Compliance, 2017 Cumulative Supplement

Private Foundations Tax Law and Compliance, 2017 Cumulative Supplement

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins, Jody Blazek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2017

The must-have tax law reference for private foundations, updated for 2017 Private Foundations provides an authoritative reference and extensive analysis of tax law and compliance in the private foundations arena, with a wealth of practical tools to streamline applications, filing, and reporting. This 2017 Cumulative Supplement captures the latest regulatory developments for easy reference, with coverage of tax-exempt status, the self-dealing rules, mandatory distribution, jeaopardizing investments, taxable expnditures, annual reporting to the IRS, winding up a foundation's affairs, and much more. Comprehensive line-by-line instructions are included for a variety of exemption applications and tax forms, and easy-to-use checklists highlight areas of critical concern to help you avoid oversights. Sample documents are provided to guide the composition of organizational bylaws and various letters, and completed IRS forms provide practical reference for side-by-side comparison. With comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the private foundations space alongside helpful tools and visual reference, this book is a resource every foundation's needs. Written by two of the nation's leading authorities on private foundations, this supplement provides essential guidance you can trust. Clear, concise instructions focused on real-world use makes this reference a critical companion for those tasked with the responsibility of maintaining a foundation's tax-exempt status and staying out of regulatory difficulties. * Learn the latest guidelines for compliance, reporting, and eligibility * Access the latest regulatory changes quickly and easily * Organize reporting and applications with checklists and sample forms * Find valuable tools and reference for all aspects of private foundation compliance Increasing IRS scrutiny makes compliance a more critical issue than ever before. An organization's tax-exempt status is generally vital to its continued operation, and a single oversight can put the future in jeopardy and staying out of regulatory difficulties. Private Foundations provides detailed instructions, examples, and much-needed answers on all aspects of private foundation tax law and compliance.

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization A Legal Guide

Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization A Legal Guide

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2017

Everything you need to start and manage a non-profit Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization is written to help anyone who's just getting their toes wet in the sector get up to speed on the critical information needed to protect their nonprofit's tax-exempt status and avoid the many legal traps out there that you probably didn't know exist. Packed with checklists and step-by-step guidance, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization demystifies intricate legal issues with plain-English language explanations for non-legal professionals of the statutes, regulations, court opinions, and other rules comprising nonprofit law. Nonprofits must comply with stringent federal and state laws due to their special exempt status; the government's ultimate threat is revocation of a nonprofit's tax-exempt status, which usually means the nonprofit's demise. Written in plain English, not legalese, this all-important guide provides essential guidance for those interested in starting nonprofits, as well as valuable advice for leaders of established organizations. * Covers all aspects of federal and state nonprofit law * Discusses significant contemporary issues, including commerciality, private benefit, governance, and unrelated business * Provides summaries of current IRS ruling policies * Includes procedures and a glossary of legal terms for fail-safe compliance Written by the country's legal leading authority on tax-exempt organizations, Starting and Managing a Nonprofit Organization is the reference you'll want to keep close by as you navigate your way through the world of nonprofit and the law.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, 2016 Supplement + Website

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, 2016 Supplement + Website

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2016

The updated definitive reference for nonprofit tax law The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations is the classic reference for non-profit tax law, written by the most respected name in the field. Author Bruce R. Hopkins provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the taxation of exempt organizations to help both lawyers and managers make better-informed decisions regarding the actions and future of their organizations. This supplement includes the latest rulings, regulations, court opinions, and much more, including expanded discussion of the private benefit doctrine, integration of Treasury Department regulations, new rules for supporting organizations and donor-advised funds, and detailed guidance on nonprofit governance and nonprofit regional healthcare cooperatives. Written in plain English to facilitate quick and easy reference, this book is a vital part of any nonprofit's reference library. The laws pertaining to nonprofit organizations are constantly evolving, and keeping up to date with the changes may mean the difference between meeting organizational objectives or incurring costly penalties. Supplemented annually to provide a one-stop collection of pertinent updates, this book is an invaluable reference for all aspects of nonprofit law. Get up to date on the latest IRS rulings, regulatory changes, and court opinions Understand the legal guidelines relevant to your organization Become better-equipped to make short- and long-term strategy decisions Stay current on laws pertaining to governance, fund raising, business activities, and more This Eleventh Edition is an important revision and expansion to the definitive one-volume reference, and this supplement extends the utility by providing comprehensive coverage of changes and new developments. As both laws and organizations evolve, The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations is the definitive guide to nonprofit taxation and regulation.

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2015

The authoritative reference for nonprofit law, by leading expert Bruce R. Hopkins The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations 11th edition details the complex set of statutes, regulations that govern this diverse category of organizations, IRS rulings, and court opinions. This new edition includes the most up-to-date coverage of subjects such as: nonprofit governance, and new rules for donor advised funds and supporting organizations, updates on unrelated business activities. Discussion of subjects such as the private inurement doctrine and private benefit doctrine have been expanded in light of recent IRS ruling activity. Written in plain English and supplemented annually, this book helps the lawyers and managers of tax-exempt organizations stay up to date on relevant law developments so they can make more informed decisions about their organization's actions and future direction. This eleventh edition is an important revision, with significant updates and vital information you need to know. * Get up to date on the latest regulations and court opinions * See how recent IRS rulings impact many aspects of tax-exempt organizations law * Learn how the health care shift has generated new guidelines * Read new law concerning legislative and political activities, intermediate sanctions, and more Written by one of the country's leading authorities on the law surrounding tax-exempt organizations, this comprehensive and authoritative reference allows you to learn the particulars of the subject matter or get a quick refresher regarding specific rules of interest. For newcomers and experienced practitioners alike, The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations 11th edition provides a single-volume resource for the latest, most up-to-date information aspects of the law.

Hopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary

Hopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2015

A focused, invaluable guide to nonprofit legal terminology and definitions The Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Dictionary is a thorough professional reference for the terminology and definitions surrounding the law of tax-exempt organizations. Author Bruce R. Hopkins, the country's leading expert in nonprofit law, draws upon 45 years of practice to deliver a true dictionary reference for attorneys specializing in nonprofit law and tax law. The book's terminology and definitions are derived from constantly changing statutes, government agency regulations and rulings, court opinions, and government forms and instructions, with citations provided where appropriate. Modeled after a conventional dictionary, this book offers quick navigation to the information of interest, and points you toward the other Hopkins guides that provide more in-depth information should you require it. The devil is in the details, and nowhere is that statement truer than in the legal profession. Incorrect interpretation of a single phrase can cause consequences for both client and attorney, and verbiage may be intentionally vague with unexpectedly broad or narrow definitions. This guide gives you the most commonly accepted interpretations of terminology related specifically to nonprofit law, so you can feel confident in the quality of service you provide to your clients. * Stay up to date on the latest in nonprofit law * Confirm the accepted definitions of legal terms and phrases * Learn where to turn for deeper guidance on specific topics * Gain expert insight into obscure and complex definitions Stop spending time wading through textbooks and case law, only to wonder whether or not the information you eventually found applies to nonprofit law in the same way. Focused specifically on the law as it applies to the nonprofit sector, the Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Dictionary is an indispensable reference that gives you the information you need quickly and easily.

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

The Tax Law of Charitable Giving

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2014

A completely updated guide to the laws and regulations governing charitable giving This fully updated Fifth Edition of The Tax Law of Charitable Giving is the definitive resource for nonprofit lawyers, accountants, and fundraising professionals charged with navigating the increasingly complex maze of charitable giving regulations. This new edition includes: * Detailed documentation and citations, including references to regulations, rulings, cases, and tax literature * An exhaustive index allowing for quick and easy reference * Annual supplements to keep readers apprised of the latest developments affecting tax-exempt healthcare organizations

The Law of Fundraising

The Law of Fundraising

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2013

Raising funds to fulfill a nonprofit organization's goals is critical to its success, but fundraising regulations are an increasingly complex maze. The Law of Fundraising, Fifth Edition is the definitive guide to demystifying federal and state fundraising regulations. With new discussion on Internet fundraising, political fundraising laws, and international fundraising, this book details federal and state laws, with an emphasis on administrative, tax, and constitutional laws. This guide is supplemented annually to keep nonprofit professionals on top of the latest fundraising legal developments.

The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law

The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2013

Invaluable guidance on the most important legal issues facing nonprofits today Internet communication is the lifeblood of countless nonprofit organizations, yet there exists no specific law to provide for its regulation. Without solid legal guidance, nonprofits risk not only missing out on the unlimited opportunities that the Internet has to offer, but also jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law analyzes and explains the laws applicable to Internet communications by nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit law expert Bruce Hopkins writes that with Congress and government agencies reluctant to create new law, it will ultimately be up to the courts to determine the future of Internet law affecting nonprofit organizations. Extrapolating from the underlying principles of existing law, Hopkins addresses the legal ramifications of Internet business activities, charitable-giving administration, fundraising programs, lobbying, political campaign activities, and more. The Nonprofits' Guide to Internet Communications Law proves an unparalleled resource for this emerging field.

Private Foundation Law Made Easy

Private Foundation Law Made Easy

Author: Bruce R. Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2013

Now your foundation can be fully informed about the basic legal requirements affecting private foundations and avoid the perils lurking in nonprofit tax law traps. Private Foundation Law Made Easy clearly shows you how, with information on reaping the charitable and tax advantages of your private foundation. Filled with straightforward guidance, author Bruce Hopkins?a leading authority on the laws regulating private foundations?demystifies this topic for you and your board members with practical legal information in easy-to-understand English.