Another reason to scour your 990 -- IRS releasing 990s in machine readable format

In one of my last blog posts, I gave a brief mention of the IRS’ plans to make machine readable 990s available in the near future.  IRS speakers are now regularly saying at the national conferences that this will begin to happen on e-filed returns as early as January/February next year.  For those that still don’t believe that it is important that a 990 be accurate and well-prepared, let this be your final warning.

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2015 Santa Lawyer Contest Status

As of 12/21 at 12:15 PM, we are in the final days of the Santa Lawyer Contest!  A quick summary of our current contestants (more suggestions can still  be made!):

In first place: Collaborative Community Law Initiative (@CCLawInitiative) with 8 votes

In second place: Charities Review Council (@smartgivers) with 6 votes

Tied for third place: Urban Boat Builders (@UrbanBoatBldrs), Feline Rescue (@felinerescueinc), and Urban Roots (@urbanroots) with 2 votes

Tied for fourth place: Dakota Woodlands and Drama Interaction(@cokdirector) with 1 vote each

Contest goes through the end of the day on 12/23 and winner announced on Christmas Eve day!

Emily featured on the Hennepin County Bar Association website!

The Hennepin County Bar Association profiled me today on their website -- check it out!

2nd Annual Santa Lawyer Contest!

Back by popular demand!  Instead of sending out holiday cards from my firm, I prefer to give a contribution in honor of my clients to a local organization.  Instead of choosing the organization myself – last year I asked you to help me via the First Annual Robertson Law Office Santa Lawyer Contest – and the Women’s Prison Book Project was the lucky recipient!  Beginning on December 1st, 2016, I will again be taking recommendations via my Twitter account (@RLOonNonprofits) of organizations that you think are worthy of my donation this year.  For those that choose not to play with the Twitter – you can email me at emily at and I will post your suggestion on Twitter for all to see.  I will also be posting pictures daily (mostly) with holiday themed items that I own, wear, like to see, etc. for purposes of indicating my self-proclaimed status as Santa Lawyer.  The rules:

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Late 2015 IRS Update for Tax Exempt Orgs

As we near the end of 2015, there are numerous IRS-related issues of interest to the nonprofit and tax-exempt community.  Below is a quick summary of the ones that have caught my interest recently:    

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