Charitable Giving 2015 Supplement

Charitable Giving 2015 Supplement

by Bruce R. Hopkins

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Charitable Giving 2015 Supplement by Bruce R. Hopkins

The definitive, accessible reference on charitable giving tax law

Charitable Giving 5th Edition is the leading guide to the law, rules, and regulations governing charitable giving, completely revised, revamped, and updated to align with the latest developments in the industry. Written by Bruce R. Hopkins, the most respected name in the field, this book provides plain-English explanations and in-depth coverage, complete with detailed documentation, citations, and references. This updated edition contains new information on many aspects of giving law, including the extensive litigation concerning gifts of conservation easements and updates on the several special rules for unique types of giving, as well as updates on federal estate tax law, and case law on substantiation and appraisal requirements. Reader will find a summary of recent developments concerning recordkeeping, donor-advised funds, and much more. The companion website provides tables, appendices, IRS guidelines, and other related documents to help readers get organized and remain compliant amidst the rapid changes.

Charitable giving law is constantly evolving, and remaining compliant can feel like trying to hit a moving target. This book is designed to keep lawyers, managers, and development directors in tax-exempt organizations up to date on the relevant regulations, with a deep understanding of how the regulations are actually applied.

  • Understand the federal tax laws surrounding charitable giving
  • Learn how recent legislation impacts specific taxes and documentation
  • Examine the new regulations proposed by the Department of Treasury
  • Gain access to tools that help ensure compliance

More than a simple codification reference, this book provides explanation and interpretation from one of the foremost minds in the field. For those needing a charitable giving guide, Charitable Giving 5th Edition is a comprehensive, authoritative examination, and widely recognized as a classic reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118873915
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

BRUCE R. HOPKINS (Kansas City, MO) is a senior partner with the firm Polsinelli Shughart PC. He is also the author of more than 35 books, including The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations, 10e, The Law of Fundraising, 4e, Nonprofit Law for Colleges and Universities, Nonprofit Governance, and Nonprofit Law Made Easy, as well as the monthly newsletter Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel, all published by Wiley. Hopkins earned his Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws degrees at the George Washington University. He has practiced law for 40 years and is a member of the District of Columbia and Missouri bars. Hopkins received the 2007 Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award (Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award) from the American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, and Committee on Nonprofit Corporations. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit Organizations/Charities Law, 2007-2008.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the Author ix

Book Citation xi


Chapter One Charitable Giving Law: Basic Concepts 3

§ 1.4 Statistical Profile of Charitable Sector 3

Chapter Two The United States Tax System: An Overview 5

§ 2.6 Standard Deduction 6

§ 2.7 Concept of Taxable Income 6


Chapter Three Fundamental Concepts 9

§ 3.1 Meaning of Gift 9

§ 3.2 Meaning of Donor 10

§ 3.6 Factors Affecting Income Tax Deductibility of Charitable Gifts 10


Chapter Six Timing of Charitable Deductions 13

§ 6.15 Gifts by S Corporations 13

Chapter Seven Percentage Limitations 15

§ 7.12A Qualified Conservation Contributions 15

§ 7.12B Conservation Gifts by Farmers and Ranchers 16

Chapter Eight Estate and Gift Tax Considerations 19

§ 8.2 Federal Gift Tax 19

Chapter Nine Special Gift Situations 21

§ 9.3 Inventory 21

§ 9.7 Conservation Property 22

Easements and Other Conservation Property 22

§ 9.10 Retirement Plan Accounts 28

§ 9.19 Bargain Sales 29

§ 9.22A Contributions by Estates 29

Chapter Ten Other Aspects of Deductible Giving 31

§ 10.1 Valuation of Property 31

§ 10.14 Penalties 32


Chapter Twelve Charitable Remainder Trusts 37

Chapter Thirteen Pooled Income Funds 39

§ 13.7 Pass-Through of Depreciation 39

Chapter Sixteen Charitable Lead Trusts 41

§ 16.7 Private Foundation Rules 41


Chapter Twenty-One Substantiation and Appraisal Requirements 45

§ 21.3 Substantiation Requirements for Gifts of $250 or More 45

§ 21.4 Substantiation Requirements for Noncash Gifts 45

§ 21.5 Appraisal Requirements 45

§ 21.7 Appraisals of Clothing and Household Items 46

Chapter Twenty-Three Special Events, Corporate Sponsorships, and Donor-Advised Funds 47

§ 23.4 Donor-Advised Funds 47


Appendix H Monthly Federal Interest Rates Used in Valuing Partial Interests (IRC § 7520) 51

Appendix I Deemed Rates of Return for Transfers to New Pooled Income Funds 61


Cumulative Table of Cases 65

Cumulative Table of IRS Revenue Rulings and Revenue Procedures 77

Cumulative Table of IRS Private Determinations Cited in Text 81

Cumulative Table of IRS Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice

Memoranda, and General Counsel Memoranda 85

Table of Cases Discussed in Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel 97

Cumulative Table of IRS Revenue Rulings Discussed in Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel 101

Cumulative Table of Private Letter Rulings and Technical Advice Memoranda Discussed in Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel 103

Table of Charitable Giving Law Tax Reform Proposals 105

Cumulative Index 111

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