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Should officer use personal credit card for (c)(3) purchases?


An officer of a nonprofit uses his personal credit card to pay the organization’s bills, and then submits a voucher to be reimbursed so he can earn a 2% credit for goods purchased and keep it for his personal use. Should the officer be doing this on a regular basis?


What do we tell winners of lottery or auction?


If our 501(c)(3) nonprofit has a raffle and the prize is worth more than $600, do we have to advise winner and tell the IRS of the winnings?  If we offered the same items through an auction format, and the value of each item was less, would there be an obligation to advise the highest bidder of any tax burden. We are currently raffling sports tickets that have a value of either just under or just over $600.


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Question of the Week

August 22-29, 2017
I was an executive for an IT staffing company for 30 years and consistently volunteered in the public schools and community as a mentor, teacher, and coach for STEM education.  The company was happy to take credit for my work.  When the owner of the company made his son-in-law president about a year ago, I was let go. I signed a separation agreement not to work for their customers or competitors and not to create a competing training program for one year without obtaining written permission.  I have been very careful not to violate the agreement and have gone a full year without working or... read more

Employment Law

August 14, 2017

An executive director’s failure to disclose his Parkinson’s disease to his board of directors...Read more

Violation of conflict policy beats retaliation charge

Termination for violation of a healthcare...

Fired COO may pursue whistleblower, RICO claims

A fired chief operating officer of a...

Minister may sue for breach of employment contract

Newton Gregorio and his wife Lynette co-...

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Lead Stories

August 14, 2017

James M. Montgomery convinced an employee of a bank he was about to open to invest $100,000 in...

Oxford House Group Home Gets Disability Accommodation

A federal District Court in Louisiana has...

State May Make Grant For Church School Playground

The Supreme Court, by a 7-2 vote, has held...

Lessons from Litigation

August 7, 2017

A candidate for director of the nonprofit Cairn Terrier Club of America could not overturn the...Read more

Volunteer coach may be sued for death after concussion

A volunteer coach of a high school football...

Mastercard may limit contribution to charity

From 2011 to 2015, Mastercard International...

Applicant loses suit for denial of grant

A federal District Court in Seattle has...

Tax Matters

August 21, 2017

The failure to list the cost basis of a remainder interest in real estate on the Form 8283...Read more

Unsubordinated mortgage voids deduction for easement

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has...

Retained right to direct title invalidates gift

A donor’s right to direct title of an...

IRS to revise 1023-EZ form

The IRS will revise the charitable tax...

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