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IRS Exempt Organization Update

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Exempt Organizations Update: e-News for Charities and Non-Profits  April 20, 2011

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Issue Number:    2011-7

Inside This Issue

  1. Can Your Organization Claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?
  2. Starting Off Right:  Free Webinar for New 501(c)(3)s
  3. Dirty Dozen List Includes Exempt Organizations Abuses
  4. IRS and Treasury Invite Recommendations for 2011-12 Priority Guidance List
  5. Winter 2011 Statistics of Income Bulletin Features Exempt Organizations Topics
  6. Free Webinar on Accessing IRS Records
  7. Conference on Nonprofit Governance
  8. Register Now for Workshops for Small and Medium-Sized 501(c)(3) Organizations

  1.  Can Your Organization Claim the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

Did you know that a tax-exempt employer that pays employee health insurance premiums might be eligible to claim a new refundable tax credit worth up to 25% of the premiums paid for the 2010 tax year? Section 501(c) employers exempt under section 501(a) with fewer than 25 employees (more if you have part-time employees), and less than $50,000 in average wages may be eligible. Visit to find out if your exempt organization qualifies and to learn how to claim the credit for the 2010 tax year.

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  2.  Starting Off Right:  Free Webinar for New 501(c)(3)s

The IRS will rebroadcast its popular free 45-minute webinar for newly formed 501(c)(3)s - and established organizations that would like a refresher - on April 28 at 2 pm (EST).  Two specialists from the IRS Exempt Organizations division will explain what new tax-exempts need to do (and what they will want to avoid) to comply with IRS rules and keep their tax status in good standing in years to come. Register today and start off right.

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  3.  Dirty Dozen List Includes Exempt Organizations Abuses

The IRS recently released the 2011 "Dirty Dozen" list of the worst tax scams. Once again, the IRS identified the misuse of tax-exempt organizations and contributions among the worst abuses.

The IRS works with the Justice Department to pursue and shut down perpetrators of these and other illegal scams. Promoters frequently end up facing heavy fines and imprisonment. Meanwhile, taxpayers who wittingly or unwittingly get involved with these schemes must repay all taxes due plus interest and penalties.

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  4.  IRS and Treasury Invite Recommendations for 2011-12 Priority Guidance List

Notice 2011-39 invites public comment on recommendations for items that should be included on the 2011-2012 Guidance Priority List. The Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy and the Service use the Guidance Priority List each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other published administrative guidance.

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  5.  Winter 2011 Statistics of Income Bulletin Features Exempt Organizations Topics

The IRS recently released the Winter 2011 Statistics of Income SOI Bulletin. This issue includes a number of articles on subjects of interest to tax-exempt organizations including Individual Noncash Contributions, Split-Interest Trusts, Tax-Exempt Bonds, Unrelated Business Income Tax Returns and Domestic Private Foundations. 

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  6.  Free Webinar on Accessing IRS Records

The IRS Small Business/Self-Employed division will offer a free webinar on Accessing IRS Records on April 27.  The webinar will explain how to access records using established procedures; accessing records housed in the FOIA eReading room and using resources on to file a FOIA request. The webinar will also explain how the IRS Office of Disclosure processes FOIA requests and provides access to agency records. 

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  7.  Conference on Nonprofit Governance

The IRS, Georgetown Law School and Independent Sector are co-sponsoring a program on Nonprofit Governance: Critical Risk Management Issues for Boards & CEOs on April 27, 2011 at the Georgetown Law Center.  For more information and to register, click here.

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  8.  Register Now for Workshops for Small and Medium-Sized 501(c)(3) Organizations

It's not too late to register for one of our popular workshops for Small and Medium-Sized 501(c)(3) Organizations this Spring.

Registration is still open for the following workshops:

Click on the links above to find registration information for each location.

Each one-day workshop, presented by experienced Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This popular introductory workshop is designed especially for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance as well as those interested in careers in the nonprofit sector.

Go to our Calendar of Events for more information about other upcoming workshops and other events.

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If you have a technical or procedural question relating to Exempt Organizations, visit the Charities and Nonprofits homepage on the Web site.

If you have a specific question about exempt organizations, call EO Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500.

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