Business Leagues and Trade Associations

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State Bar of Texas 16th Annual Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course, Austin, Texas, 08/23/2018 Co-presented with Richard W. Meyer

More than 180 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled over the use of associations in the United States through his treatise, Democracy in America, Today, Americans continue to join together for nonprofit purposes. While advancing the common business interest of their members, business leagues and trade associations are a thriving and vibrant part of the nonprofit world.  This paper and presentation provide an introduction to the tax law and a selection non-tax concerns affecting these § 501(c)(6) organizations.

Putting Things Together: Subsidiaries, Complex Organizational Structures, Joint Ventures, and Joint Funding Vehicles

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35th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, Austin, Texas, 01/19/2018 Co-written and co-presented with John F. Crawford

Charities can enhance the depth and breadth of their operations and impact by utilizing subsidiaries, affiliates, and other joint venture vehicles.  This paper and presentation examine choice of form, tax status of the vehicle, and how different options affect the exempt organization and its tax status, including a look at joint venture and funding vehicles along with fundraising and transfer pricing issues.

Navigating Unfamiliar Terrain: Nonprofit Law for the Non-Nonprofit Lawyer

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The nonprofit sector includes organizations of all shapes and sizes with various entity structures and exemption bases, all highly regulated under both state and federal law.  This paper and presentation provide an overview of this sector geared to practitioners practicing outside of the area of nonprofit organizations, beginning with choice of form; moving to exemption, obtaining exemption, maintaining exemption, and operating; and concluding with termination of the organization.