NONPROFIT LAW RESOURCE BOOKS
The Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Law Dictionary is a thorough professional reference for the terminology and definitions surrounding the law of tax-exempt organizations. The book's terminology and definitions are derived from constantly changing statutes, government agency regulations and rulings, court opinions, and government forms.
Published by Wiley.
Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls
You want to be a philanthropist. You have the money. You have the drive. You have a cause in mind. What more could there be than that? Giving money away is easy, right? Anyone who has done any large amount of charitable giving knows how naïve, and potentially economically disastrous, that mindset really is. The laws and IRS rulings that regulate charitable giving can, and do, fill volumes.
If a budding philanthropist isn’t careful, he or she can wind up paying as much (or more) in penalties and legal fees as they did to their charity of choice. Just think how much good that money could have done if it were applied correctly. Should you give to an established charity or start one of your own? What’s the difference between a public charity, a foundation, and a donor-advised fund? Can you work for your own charity and earn a paycheck? Can your kids?
In this informative book, Bruce R. Hopkins answers all of these questions, plus several dozen more that you didn’t even know to ask.
Without warning, the IRS began, in 2007, to regulate in the realm of nonprofit governance. Ultra Vires offers an explanation as to why, as a matter of law, the IRS does not have the jurisdiction or the authority to regulate the governance affairs of the nation’s public charities and other categories of tax-exempt organizations. Ultra Vires reviews the federal law concerning government agencies’ jurisdiction and authority.
The book evaluates IRS policymaking and demonstrates that the IRS’s policies are arbitrary and capricious. Ultra Vires concludes that the IRS lacks both the jurisdiction and authority in connection with nonprofit governance. Ultra Vires provides a solid legal underpinning for those who are concerned about the IRS’s expansion of its authority into the realm of nonprofit governance, particularly when the IRS has a lengthy record of getting the underlying law wrong and imposing detrimental policies and practices on these organizations. It will be a necessary read for nonprofit directors, trustees, officers and senior executive staff and their lawyers.