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PLR 201513005 - Capital Endowment Grant Approved

Monday, March 30, 2015

In PLR 201513005, the Service ruled favorably on the proposed transfer of assets, together with several pending grant obligations, from a private foundation to another, recently created foundation.

Three INFO Letters on Charitable Deduction Issues

Monday, March 30, 2015

Among twelve informal "information letters" IRS released last week were INFO 2015-009, concerning the statutory mileage rate for charitable services, and INFO 2015-011 and INFO 2015-012, concerning the retroactive reinstatement of the charitable IRA rollover for calendar 2014.

ACGA, NCDC Urge Senators to Pass "Extended" Charitable IRA Rollover

Monday, March 30, 2015


Responding to a call for comments, the American Council on Gift Annuities and the National Catholic Development Conference ("NCDC") urged legislators to take immediate action, separately from the tax reform effort, to reinstate the Charitable IRA Rollover. Known as "All-American Charitable IRA Rollover Act of 2015," the proposal would make the rollover permanent, increase the limitation to $500,000, extend the concept to life income gifts, and decrease the age limitation to 59-1/2.

Budget Resolutions Move Forward

Friday, March 27, 2015


Most of the activity on the floor of both chambers of Congress this week was focused on the Republican budget resolutions for fiscal 2016. An amended resolution cleared the House on Wednesday, but as we went to press the Senate was still sifting through dozens of proposed amendments from both sides of the aisle.

ABA Tax Section Comments on Virtual Currency Guidance

Thursday, March 26, 2015


In a letter this week, the ABA Section of Taxation outlined its concerns with the Service's guidance last year for transactions involving "virtual" currencies such as Bitcoin.

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