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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

April 25-May 2, 2017
We are a 501(c)(3) rare disease nonprofit. Our disease causes conditions that often cause our members to pursue getting an organ transplant. We host fundraising pages for our members undergoing a transplant and it is the members’ responsibility to get donations. The funds raised are designated to that individual and are solely used for the expenses of their transplant. However, if the transplant fails or the member dies before receiving the transplant, the funds raised are disbursed to a pre-designated person, usually a spouse. We send donors thank you letters that say their donations are... read more

Employment Law

April 17, 2017

Newton Gregorio and his wife Lynette co-founded the Capital Inner City Outreach Ministry in...Read more

Exec may proceed with retaliation suit under Stimulus Act

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

Don’t mess with charity volunteers

That’s what the general manager of a car...

Doc entitled to indemnification under bylaws

A nonprofit hospital physician who was...

The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right
By Gregory L. Colvin

Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right describes six models of sponsorship that have been approved and accepted by the IRS. It details how the models work and why, how they differ and how they are similar. This book has become the reference bible for projects interested in using fiscal sponsorship — a legal relationship that enables a nonexempt charitable project to raise funds and operate through an exempt sponsor who manages the project's money and reports to funders and tax agencies. Many other administrative services can be provided as well.

Lead Stories

April 17, 2017

A private foundation in Texas may not sue the University of Alabama in a Texas court for breach...

PSU Trustees May Recover Costs Of Suit for Right to Review Records

Alumni trustees of Penn State University may...

Church Can’t Complain About Loss of Control of “Subsidiaries”

A church in San Francisco has lost a court...

Lessons from Litigation

April 17, 2017

Church of God Tabernacle, Inc., Church of God, True Holiness of Miami, Inc., Nationwide...Read more

Waiver does not bind student athletes

A release and waiver of claims for injury...

Lawyer not liable to unnamed beneficiaries of will

Reversing a decision by a state appellate...

Club removes president, dies from litigation costs

It took only three meetings of the...

Tax Matters

April 17, 2017

The Supreme Court of Idaho has held that a 96-bed skilled nursing facility operated by the...Read more

Religious organization can’t stop bank subpoenas

A nonprofit religious organization, which...

Deduction denied for lack of proper acknowledgment

A claim for a $338,000 charitable...

Court says PILOT payments are not unconstitutional

The Florida Supreme Court, accepting a...

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