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IRS Requires Substantiation of Contributions

Donors must obtain acknowledgment from charity for gifts worth $250 or more, must file Form 8283 for gifts of property over $500, with appraisal over $5,000

It isn’t as easy as it once was to claim a charitable contribution deduction for a gift to charity.

Because of perceived abuses by taxpayers claiming inflated deductions without adequate justification, Congress and the Internal Revenue Service have tightened the rules over the last several decades.  

The rules apply to the taxpayers seeking the deduction.  In most cases, they do not directly apply to the charities receiving the gifts and do not impose penalties on charities, but charities that want to assist their donors and receive additional gifts will want to be sure that the donors are in position...

Directors Often Fear Risks of Personal Liability

Board members face potential liability for their own actions in causing injury to others, or in breaching a fiduciary duty to the organization.

Although board members can cut the risk of personal liability by conforming their conduct to the appropriate standards, they cannot control whether or not they will be sued. Therefore, they should be sure that the organization maintains proper insurance to protect them against foreseeable hazards, including general liability coverage, professional liability coverage where appropriate, and directors and officers liability insurance.


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