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24 Jul 2014 | IRS Forms | National Publication | News story

Need to learn more about Form 1023-EZ? Check out this helpful video posted by the IRS about the new shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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17 Jul 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that Alan Breus has joined the PGDC as a...

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The currently high estate exemption ($5.4 Million per individual) was thought to be a death knell for Charitable Remainder Trusts. But aging baby boomers and high capital gains rates tell a different story.

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8 Jul 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

Recent research indicates that donors who feel more connected to a charity tend to donate more. While this seems obvious, it's good reinforcement based on real science.

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After many months, the IRS has now released a simplified version of the form 1023, known as the 1023-EZ. This form is meant to streamline the process by which smaller non-profits seek exempt status.

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2 Jul 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that Charles E. Rounds, Jr. has joined the PGDC as a...

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For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for July 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with last month's rate.

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2 Jul 2014 | IRS Forms , | Revenue Procedures | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

The Internal Revenue Service today introduced a new, shorter application form, Form 1023-EZ, to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily.

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24 Jun 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that David Wheeler Newman has joined the PGDC as a contributing author.

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The court once again attacks a faulty easement donation on a number of fronts. It seems clear that the court continues to focus on perceived abuses in this complex area. 

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17 Jun 2014 | IRS Forms | National Publication, David Wheeler Newman | News story | 1 comments

The IRS has issued a preliminary draft of a dramatically shorter application for tax exemption of charitable organizations.  If this draft is eventually approved by the IRS and made available for public use, it would greatly simplify the process for gaining IRS...

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17 Jun 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

Good news for charities as Giving USA study points to significant increases in giving.

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9 Jun 2014 | Demographics | National Publication | News story
Additional Lifetime Giving of $20.6 Trillion, Say Boston College Researchers

DO WE REALLY CARE HOW MUCH? Are the pundits right? Is it 40 trillion, 50 or 60? It's a lot of trillions. Who knows. It's a lot of capital available for philanthropy. Paul Schervish and John Havens at the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy have just...

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9 Jun 2014 | General | National Publication | News story | 1 comments

Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)  have become a center of controversy for some strange reason. Yet, recent data shows that grants from DAFs, as a percentage of assets, continue to rise. Comment below if you can tell us why donors should not have flexibility.

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9 Jun 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

The role of the Community Foundation continues to shift as more and varied types of giving opportunities present themselves to donors. How do Community Foundations stay relevant amidst the new giving "noise" that donors are confronted with? Or, do Community...

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28 May 2014 | Revenue Rulings | National Publication | News story

For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for June 2014 is 2.2%; Back to prior norms.

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The CRT Primer

You can't possibly learn everything there is to know about charitable remainder trusts on one page, BUT you can learn a lot with the PGDC CRT Primer. One page with many links that will guide you through the basics.

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In a recent Tax Court Case, a Massachusetts couple were denied charitable income tax deductions for easements they granted for two properties located in a dedicated Boston Historic District. While there were other tax issues in the case, as well, the issue of the...

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15 May 2014 | Letter Rulings | National Publication | News story

In a recent ruling, the tax court allowed the transfer of assets from a charitable trust to a private foundation that were both governed by substantially the same family. The courts still held, among other things, that there was no act of self-dealing, there were no...

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6 May 2014 | General | National Publication | News story

We are pleased to announce that Gary Shunk has joined the PGDC as a contributing author.

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