Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
We Understand the Distinctive Needs of Nonprofit Organizations & Associations
Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations face complications not encountered in the “for-profit” business world. Our attorneys understand the distinctive needs of our nonprofit clients and help them protect their tax-exempt status while fulfilling their mission.
Working With Diverse Organizations within the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Community
Many nonprofit organizations are formed for various reasons, such as relieving poverty, advancing religion, educating the public, contributing to science, lessening the burdens of government, fighting discrimination and combating the deterioration of communities. Other non-charitable, nonprofit organizations include civic associations, homeowners’ associations, labor unions, farmer co-ops, business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, fraternities, country clubs and credit unions. All of these types of organizations deal with unique legal concerns.
Our Experience Extends Beyond a Single Legal Issue
With dedicated expertise and a commitment to addressing the broad range of issues faced by tax-exempt organizations and associations, our clients benefit from our counsel from the organizational stages of planning and development, through growth and expansion and on to the fulfillment of their missions. And, we assist in overcoming the obstacles that could potentially threaten a client’s tax-exempt status while also protecting the personal liability of their Board of Directors and officers.
Our attorneys are experienced in drafting conflict of interest policies as well as aiding nonprofit organizations in determining “reasonable compensation” for employees from the perspective of the Internal Revenue Code. We also guide our clients through transactions involving unrelated business income and joint ventures with “for-profit” businesses.
Our Attorneys Understand Because They are Involved
As a proud member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP has a unique perspective into nonprofits because we are directly involved in the nonprofit community. In addition, Matthew Grosh serves as a member of the Preferred Consultant Network of the Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) which is associated with Millersville University. Our attorneys serve on boards and hold positions within many diverse and worthwhile nonprofit organizations. And, as a service to the community, we present seminars on a variety of topics important to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and associations. We supplement these seminars by posting additional information on our blog.
Regardless of the size or interest of your nonprofit or tax-exempt organization or association, we have the professional experience and insider-knowledge to assist you with all of your legal needs.
Recent Updates & Recommended Articles from the Lancaster Law Blog
Some charities and other tax exempt organizations rely heavily on contributions from generous donors. On the other hand, those donors benefit by being able to deduct those donations from their taxes. However, a recent decision by the US Tax Court makes it clear how a simple mistake by the tax-exempt organization can prevent a donor from making the deduction.
When a nonprofit organization is formed, it generally cannot simply deem itself as "tax-exempt". Instead, if the organization is not a church, it must apply to the IRS for recognition as a tax-exempt organization.
Unfortunately, in the real world, the perfect board does not exist. Achieving and maintaining an effective board is difficult for any organization, but it can be especially tough for nonprofits.
The Affordable Care Act (enacted March 2010) intends to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations afford the cost of providing healthcare to their employees.