Audio CD + Course Book

Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AZ CLE - 6.00
From Event: Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish, held May 2018.

Program Description

Do you have a firm grasp of the transparency and accountability standards required of tax-exempt organizations? Can you easily spot omissions or errors in their tax forms, articles of incorporation and policies? This comprehensive overview provides an orientation to the legal and tax aspects of exempt organizations. Experienced faculty will explain the nuts and bolts from incorporation to dissolution - with all the tax and compliance challenges in between. You'll have all the knowledge and tools you need to confidently advise these organizations. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Incorporation Process
  2. Establishing Tax-Exempt Status With the IRS
  3. Handling Contributions and Tax Deductions
  4. Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI)
  5. Advising on Operational Issues
  6. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 AZ - Credit Approval Expiration 05/16/2020 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, John Paul Parks
    1. Liability Associated With Unincorporated Organizations
    2. Articles of Incorporation - Key Provisions to Include
      1. Governing Body
      2. Purpose Clause
      3. Dissolution Clauses
      4. Provisions Required by IRS
      5. Other Crucial Language
    3. Bylaws - Key Provisions to Include
      1. Directors and Officers
      2. Meetings
      3. Voting
      4. Indemnification
    4. Mission Statement
    5. The Use of LLCs (and L3Cs) for Nonprofits
    10:00 - 11:00, John Paul Parks
    1. Nonprofit vs. Tax Exempt
    2. Determining the Type of Tax-Exempt Organization Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)
    3. 501(c)(3): Publicly Supported or Private Foundation?
    4. IRS Application Process for 501(c)(3) - Form 1023
      1. The Importance of the Narrative Description of Activities
      2. Submitting the Budget: What You Need to Know
      3. Other Traps for the Unwary
      4. Retroactive Applications for Existing Organizations
    5. IRS Application Process for Other 501(c) Categories That Qualify for Exemption
    6. Required Annual or Periodic Federal/State/Local Filings
    11:15 - 12:15, Amy O'Loughlin
    1. Types of Gifts: Advising Clients on Accepting Money and Property
    2. Handling Unanticipated Funds With "Facts and Circumstances" Test
    3. Tax Deductions and Substantiation Requirements
    4. Recent Changes and Current IRS Focus
    1:15 - 2:15, Amy O'Loughlin
    1. Defining UBTI/UBIT
    2. Tax Computation: Form 990-T or Push to Subsidiary?
    3. Exceptions, Exemptions and Traps for the Unwary
    4. Form 990: Disclosure, Executive Compensation, and Advantages
    2:30 - 3:30, Robert Erven Brown
    1. Applying Sarbanes-Oxley to Nonprofits
      1. Document Retention
      2. Whistleblower Protection
      3. Non-Mandatory but Valuable Practices Nonprofits can Adopt
    2. Strategies for Board Policy-Making
    3. Advising Directors on Mission "Drift"
    4. Investment Considerations
    5. Solicitation and Fundraising Activities
    6. Lobbying and Political Campaign Activities
    7. Restructuring and Terminating Exempt Organizations
    3:30 - 4:30, James L. Csontos
    1. Who is the Client?
    2. Attorney-Client Confidentiality Within the different Levels of an Organization
    3. Conflicts of Interest
    4. Attorney Fees

ROBERT ERVEN BROWN is a shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., in Phoenix. Over his 40 year+ career, Mr. Brown has focused his law practice in real estate, commercial transactions and charitable organizations. He has represented clients in commercial and real estate transactions, ongoing business transactions, with particular expertise in church and para-church ministries and in medical real estate transactions. Through his nonprofit work over the last 15 years, he represents secular and faith-based nonprofit entities, including churches, synagogues, temples, denominations, Christian schools, rescue missions, a seminary, an adoption agency, prison transition ministries, human services organizations, health-related charities, and other faith-based entities. Mr. Brown is a frequent seminar speaker and a trusted advisor to executive leaders, board members and committees in the identification of risks and implementation of appropriate protections for key assets of the organization. He counsels boards and leadership teams on multi-site church development, church mergers, board governance, campus development and construction, entity planning services, real estate asset protection, insurance coverage and other aspects of ongoing operations. After years of extensive involvement in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Brown developed a comprehensive program to guide nonprofit operations. The Campus Preservation Planning©Â program protects critical assets of faith-based ministries and secular charities against uninsurable, under-insured, and uninsured unjust claims, while simultaneously improving overall risk management and stewardship performance. This program has been adopted by nonprofit organizations across the country. He received his B.S. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from the University of Wyoming, College of Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; and is a member of the Arizona State Bar Foundation, fellow; Arizona State Bar, moderator, Professionalism Course, and Campus Preservation Planning© Program, founder.

JAMES L. CSONTOS is a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Jennings, Haug & Cunningham L.L.P., where he practices in the areas of surety and construction litigation, construction defect litigation, commercial business litigation, and appellate practice. Mr. Csontos is a contributing author of 50-state construction lien and bond law related publications, and has spoken for various professional groups on his areas of practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (member, Construction Law Section and former chair, Executive Council). Mr. Csontos earned his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University.

AMY O'LOUGHLIN is a CPA and a director in the Phoenix office of CBIZ MHM, LLC. She has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of tax exempt and not-for-profit tax issues. Ms. O'Loughlin serves over 200 tax-exempt organizations assisting with IRS compliance and multi-state issues; establishing tax-exempt status; and advising on income, sales and payroll tax issues unique to tax-exempt clients. She presents on various nonprofit topics for the Arizona Society of CPAs and local client events. Ms. O'Loughlin currently sits on the CBIZ not-for-profit practice group Steering and Technical Committee which meets to discuss relevant issues facing clients, as well as review current NFP literature, changes in tax law and developing trends in tax exempt audit and tax. She received a certificate in accountancy at Arizona State University; her B.A. degree from Gonzaga University; and her M.B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Ms. O'Loughlin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).

JOHN PAUL PARKS is a sole practitioner in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business law. He previously has lectured on estate matters for professional groups, including the Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, National Business Institute, and the Institute for Paralegal Education. Mr. Parks is a member of the Scottsdale Bar Association, the Scottsdale Estate Planners, and is a former agent with the Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc. in Orlando, Florida. He was the principal draftsman of the Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation Act that became effective in 1991, and is a past member of the State Bar of Arizona's Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Ethics Committee). Mr. Parks is admitted to practice in Arizona, California, Florida, and the District of Columbia. He earned his B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Stetson University and his LL.M. degree from the University of Miami.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AZ CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual MCLE Interactive CLE requirement for the State of Arizona, including 1.0 hour of professional responsibility Interactive CLE credit.

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