- Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:52
Today is the day! The third annual Santa Lawyer contest is officially underway. Santa Lawyer is looking forward to seeing which organizations are nominated this year and as promised, we will be posting holiday themed photos for your viewing pleasure throughout the duration of the contest. Don’t forget to use #santalawyer when you tweet! Here is a link to the rules, to refresh your memory.
We are also announcing the official unveiling of www.santalawyer.com! The lawyers at Comet Prancer Rudolph and Claus, LLP, look forward to your visit, where they will be happy to dispense their collective knowledge about nothing at all related to the law.
- Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:16
This is the final post in my three part blog series on churches as tax exempt organizations. This third section will discuss charitable contributions, special rules limiting the IRS’ authority to audit a church, and 990-series return filing requirements.
- Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:20
Back by popular demand! Instead of sending out holiday cards from my firm, I prefer to give a contribution in honor of my clients to a local organization. Instead of choosing the organization myself – last year I asked you to help me via the Second Annual Robertson Law Office Santa Lawyer Contest – and The Collaborative Community Law Initiative was the lucky recipient! Beginning on December 1st, 2016,
- Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:03
Generally, just like all nonprofits, churches and religious organizations are required to withhold, report, and pay income and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes for employees, and penalties can be imposed if an organization fails to comply. However, in certain circumstances churches are provided with special treatment with regard to their FICA taxes (which are made up of Social Security and Medicare taxes).
- Thursday, 10 November 2016 20:22
In the following weeks, I’ll be posting a three part blog series on churches as tax exempt organizations, with a particular emphasis on the ways the tax laws treats churches differently than other charities. The first post today will discuss churches and tax exempt status; the second post will discuss churches and special rules around wages and employment tax; the final post will discuss charitable contributions, special rules limiting the IRS’ authority to audit a church, and 990-series return filing requirements.