St. Paul Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

On September 7, 2016, St. Paul City Council unanimously passed a sick leave ordinance, which will go into effect July 1, 2017 (for employers with 24 or more employees, and July 1, 2018 for smaller employers).

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Form 8976 System Outages May Be Taken Into Account When Assessing Penalties

The IRS has had several outages on the website where organizations need to file the Form 8976, which gives the IRS notice of an organization's intent to operate as a 501(c)(4).  Those outages included much of the day on September 6th, which was the final day for some organizations to get the filing in without being penalized.  The IRS just issued an update that stated that they will take the outages into account when reviewing whether to assess penalties for late filing the Form 8976.  See the IRS' update here.  For more information on this requirement, see my prior post here.

Lobbying and political activities for 501(c)(6) organizations

Upcoming presentation on lobbying and political activites for 501(c)(6) organizations!

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New tool for increased transparency!

The Center for Public Integrity has come out with an amazing new search tool that enables anyone that is interested to better understand how money flows in the nonprofit sector.  The tool is in part intended to combat the lack of transparency that exists around funding for "dark money" organizations involved in the political process.  However, I think it is also a great tool for donors, potential employees and volunteers, and other interested parties to better (and definitely more efficiently) understand more about who funds any organization.  Plug in your favorite organizations and see what you find!

The data in the search function does not cover everything -- according to the Center for Public Integrity, they have about 850,000 990s downloaded and in the system from about 250,000 organizations.  However, this is a great beginning to enabling more information gathering without having to download and review the 990s yourself.  This is an example of the type of information mining that we thought would come out of the requirement that the IRS release 990 data in machine readable and searchable formatting

New requirement for some 501(c)(4) organizations

Since late December 2015 we have been on the lookout for implementing regulations regarding the new notice requirements on certain 501(c)(4) organizations.  The IRS has now issued Revenue Procedure 2016-41 and the Treasury Department issued final and temporary regulations implementing the new requirement that organizations must notify the IRS within 60 days of their creation if they intend to operate as an organization described under Section 501(c)(4).  For some of the background on this requirement, please see my prior posts here and here

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