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The IRS can take action in cases of exorbitant compensation, but it rarely does.
Jeff Tenenbaum, head of the nonprofit practice at the DC-based law firm of Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, said for 501(c)(3)s, the IRS can levy penalty taxes on those receiving excessive compensation as well as those who approved it.
He said for 501(c)(6)s such as the CPA institute, “revocation of tax-exempt status is the IRS’ only remedy — and one rarely utilized.”
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Other practitioners aren't so sure about the APA argument. “You can't generalize about the procedural propriety of revenue procedures,” Jeffrey Tenenbaum, a nonprofit attorney at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC in Washington, told Bloomberg Tax. “It depends on the substance of the revenue procedure.”
Tenenbaum said Montana's APA position “may be a bit of a stretch.” The lawsuit, filed July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, “certainly highlights the fact this seems to be a political dispute dressed up in procedural arguments—on both sides,” he said.
Still, Tenenbaum said, states “absolutely” have a legitimate argument for the IRS to provide them with information they need to enforce their own standards for entities’ tax-exempt status.
“The AICPA did a thorough and highly detailed job not only in pointing out needed areas for improvement and refinement of the Form 990, but also in supplying the specific verbiage needed to effectuate the changes,” Jeffrey Tenenbaum, a nonprofit attorney with Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC in Washington, told Bloomberg Tax.
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“Associations have the right to apply reasonable restrictions [on firearms] that go beyond local law since their events are private,” said Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Sr. Counsel, Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC, an association law expert. Similarly, he noted, sporting events, concerts and other private happenings regularly ban firearms and employ various manners of security for entry.