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2020 Election

By |2020-09-17T00:17:14+00:00September 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In case you hadn't noticed (ha), there's this important thing called an election coming up. I want to make sure you know the ways 501c3 organizations can be involved in getting people to vote. That's not "political" or lobbying-- just straight-up education and charitable work to ensure that everyone has a voice in our democracy and the election is robust, fair, and serves the public interest. Join Scholz Nonprofit Law this Thursday, September 17th at Noon for a webinar: Election 2020: 501c3s Have a Role REGISTER HERE. We will review key do's and don'ts and answer questions. Send me [...]

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REMINDER: Form 990 Deadline of July 15th 

By |2020-09-10T21:47:37+00:00September 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

All tax-exempt organizations, including 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations, must file some variation of Form 990 with the IRS. As a reminder, if your organization fails to file Form 990 for three consecutive years, your tax-exempt status will be revoked and your organization will have to reapply for tax-exempt status. If your organization’s fiscal year is the calendar year, your organization is required to file some version of the Form 990 by July 15, 2020 (which is the extended date because of COVID) or seek an extension. If your total revenues were $50,000 or less, you may file Form 990-N. Form 990-N, [...]

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PPP Loan Forgiveness and Workplace Reentry

By |2020-05-22T20:11:29+00:00May 22nd, 2020|COVID-19|

Read on for follow up to the May 21st webinar on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Workplace Reentry and for some more updates. Yesterday’s webinar recording is available here. This is clunky, but start the video at 34 seconds - - in further evidence that I should keep my day job as an attorney! We are working on an update on the Q&A and will post that to our website early next week. Workshop Opportunities Jeff Femright will hold workshops on the Loan Forgiveness Application next week and you can sign up here: May 26 at 10am or May 27 at 11am Sarah Kissel will hold [...]

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COVID-19 Response Q&A on Thursday and Other Updates

By |2020-05-22T20:11:53+00:00May 20th, 2020|COVID-19|

Join the Scholz Nonprofit Law team for more updates and tips as we focus on PPP loan forgiveness and workplace reentry.  This Thursday, May 21st at 10am, we will host another session of the COVID-19 Response Q&A to review and troubleshoot the forgiveness application, give tips on policies for reopening nonprofit workplaces and programs, and be available to answer other questions.  Register here.  Feel free to email questions in advance to Melissa, Jeff, or Sarah. Find the application here: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Additional Q&A webinar opportunity tomorrow, Wednesday May 20th at 2pm. You also are invited to a Q&A hosted [...]

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Update on EIDL Online Application

By |2020-04-29T14:58:31+00:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19, Nonprofit|

 The EIDL program (run through the SBA online portal) recently received an additional $60 billion in funding from Congress. At this time, we are aware that the SBA has not re-activated the online EIDL application at SBA.gov. It appears SBA is working through an existing back-log of applications before reopening the application process. We will keep an eye on it and let you know if it opens up.

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Updates, Our Upcoming Webinar & Weekly Summary

By |2020-05-22T20:12:08+00:00April 20th, 2020|COVID-19|

Dear clients, friends and Madison nonprofit community: We continue to think of you and focus our efforts on digesting the ever-changing news during this difficult time. To be more mindful of everyone's limited time and effective in our efforts to help nonprofits, we are scaling back our posts through this channel to a (mostly) weekly format to highlight new developments from the week. We will highlight the resources and articles added to our website throughout the week with links to the fuller content. Additionally, we will use this channel to announce urgent news as it is available. This week, [...]

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SBA Loan and Employment Guidance

By |2020-04-16T23:31:19+00:00April 8th, 2020|COVID-19, Employment, Nonprofit|

Hello friends and colleagues, Thanks to the support of the Madison Community Foundation, over the past two days, Scholz Nonprofit Law has hosted several seminars on the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Support Act (“CARES”), and related options for financial support and sustainability during these challenging times. If you want to listen to a recording of the seminar, see here. We focused our seminar on two topics (i) SBA loan programs available to nonprofits, and (ii) employment challenges nonprofits are facing. Jeff Femrite discussed (i) the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans (which may be totally forgiven if used [...]

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CARES Act Impact on Nonprofits

By |2020-04-16T23:31:31+00:00March 29th, 2020|COVID-19, Employment, Nonprofit|

Dear clients, better known as friends and colleagues: We know this is a difficult time for so many, personally, as well as for your organizations. Know that we’re concerned and thinking of you! We are keeping track of opportunities for assistance for nonprofits and will keep providing information as it becomes available (and we have the chance to digest it). For today, below is a brief summary of provisions of the federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that apply to nonprofits. As we learn more details, we will keep updating the Scholz Nonprofit Law blog. The [...]

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COVID-19 Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order — March 24, 2020

By |2020-04-19T00:26:39+00:00March 24th, 2020|COVID-19|

Summary of Emergency Order #12 – Safer at Home Order In an attempt to slow the infection rate of COVID-19, on March 24, 2020, the State of Wisconsin issued Emergency Order #12 – Safer at Home Order (the “Order”). The purpose of this Update is to help our clients and friends better understand issues created by the Order. It is a general summary, and is not intended to be comprehensive. If you have questions, or need assistance navigating the specific requirements of the Order, please call Jeff Femrite at 608 692-0310 or send Jeff an email at jfemrite@scholznonprofitlaw.com. Capitalized [...]

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Repeal of the Johnson Amendment

By |2019-04-25T00:08:53+00:00April 3rd, 2017|501(c)(3), Nonprofit|

I frequently like to remind our 501(c)(3) clients about the importance of advocating on their issues through lobbying and the legitimacy of their role in doing so. But when we encourage lobbying, we point out the distinction between lobbying on issues and the prohibition on political activity. The rule against political activity has been known as the Johnson Amendment because it was added to the tax code under his administration. As you likely know, President Trump has proposed to eliminate that distinction and allow all 501(c)(3)s to engage in electoral politics - - i.e., support or oppose a candidate [...]

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