Author: Karen l. Wu

Moving Out Of New York

With the New Year comes new beginnings. I’ve noticed one such new beginning recurring regularly in the New York nonprofit community. I call it “Moving Out of New York.”  It happens elsewhere too of course, but wherever it occurs, it signals a …

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IRS Denies Farmers Market Tax-Exempt Status

The ongoing confusion in locating the line between charitable/tax-exempt vs. non-charitable/taxable business activity for nonprofits was highlighted by the IRS’s October 2015 denial of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to a farmers market. (PLR 201601014) The ruling illuminates how the IRS determines whether an …

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Commission on Accountability & Policy for Religious Organizations Issues Report

In December 2012, the Commission on Accountability & Policy for Religious Organizations presented a 91-page report to Senator Charles Grassley addressing various regulatory issues affecting the religious and broader nonprofit sector.  Entitled Enhancing Accountability for the Religious and Broader Nonprofit Sector (the …

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