Basic Tax Aspects for Religious Organizations

by Lisa A. Runquist Revised January, 2001 “Piety is no defense to the assessments of the tax collector.” Scripture Press Foundation v. United States, 285 F.2d 800, 904 (1961), cert denied 368 U.S. 985. Religious organizations are not exempt from complying with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, or applicable state laws. However, there…

Employment Law- The Fair Credit Reporting Act Provides Safeguards for Employees Under Investigation

by Elizabeth R. Koller Whittenbury *Posted with Permission from California Lawyer. This file cannot be downloaded from this page. California Lawyer’s definition of reprint permission does not include the downloading, copying by third parties or any other type of transmission of any posted articles. This spring the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an opinion letter…

Volunteer Protection Act of 1997- An Imperfect Solution

by Lisa A. Runquist and Judy F. Zybach* Updated 7/14/01 On June 18, 1997, the “Volunteer Protection Act of 1997” was enacted into law by the United States Congress (111 Stat. 218). The purpose of the Act is to limit lawsuits against volunteers serving nonprofit public and private organizations and governmental agencies. The Act was…

A Job Description for Directors: Learn these duties and keep liability a stranger

by Lisa A. Runquist Business Law Today, Volume 4, Number 2, November/December 1994 You are the volunteer legal advisor and a director of Feeding the Homeless, a nonprofit. In between swigs of coffee at breakfast, you notice an item in the morning paper. The headline: “Feeding the Homeless fees itself.” Seems a reporter found out…