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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

July 25-August 1, 2017
Our 501(c)(3) organization providing services to Autistic children was founded in 2001 by 10 families who put up $250 each. Six of the founders have left the board of directors but four founding members are still part of the 14-member board.  Our chairman would like to start rotating board members although this has never been done before.  If the chairman wishes to rotate the ten positions of the newer directors I have no problem with that, but I feel that the four founding members (who do not include me) deserve to stay on the board permanently or until they wish to resign.  What do you... read more

Employment Law

June 19. 2017

Termination for violation of a healthcare system’s conflict of interest policy is a sufficient...Read more

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-...

Exec may proceed with retaliation suit under Stimulus Act

A Head Start program in New York City has...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

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Lead Stories

July 10, 2017

The Supreme Court has ended years of confusion among religious organizations by ruling that an...

State May Make Grant For Church School Playground

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

DOJ Stops Funding for Nonprofits In Regulatory Settlements

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed...

Lessons from Litigation

July 24, 2017

From 2011 to 2015, Mastercard International advertised nationally that it would donate a penny...Read more

Applicant loses suit for denial of grant

A federal District Court in Seattle has...

Donor can’t recover gift after CEO was fired

A donor who claimed that her gifts to two...

Church properties not part of pastor’s estate

Church of God Tabernacle, Inc., Church of God...

Tax Matters

July 24, 2017

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with decisions in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits...Read more

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...

Skilled nursing facility denied exemption

The Supreme Court of Idaho has held that a 96...

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