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Helping Nonprofits Function And Thrive

Being a tax-exempt organization hardly means your exempt from tax law issues. Any leader of a not-for-profit or charitable group will be the first to point out that their organization faces some of the most stringent government guidelines in the business world.

At Lashly & Baer, P.C., we represent tax-exempt organizations that range from public charities to private foundations. Our not-for-profit clients include hospitals, nursing homes, research foundations, grant-making organizations, schools, colleges, trade associations, religious organizations and many more, including one of the largest tax-exempt foundations in Missouri.

Our attorneys take their role as advisors to tax-exempt organizations seriously. It’s a passion. We know upfront what’s expected from us, and then we strive to exceed those expectations by providing the experience and resources to meet all legal issues.

We regularly handle the following legal issues for our clients:

  • Application of intermediate sanction rules, private benefits and inurement prohibitions
  • Charitable entities supporting government institutions
  • Charitable giving programs
  • Endowment funds
  • Finance, fundraising and donor issues
  • Formation and governance
  • Impact of certain activities on tax-exempt status
  • IRS audits, examinations and controversies
  • Joint ventures with exempt and non-exempt partners
  • Physician compensation arrangements
  • Private foundations (self-dealing, excess business holdings, jeopardy investments and taxable expenditures)
  • Public charities
  • Reasonable compensation issues
  • Retirement plans, deferred compensation, 403(b) plans, 457 plans
  • Secure and maintain code
  • Section 501(c)(3) status
  • Social clubs
  • Support tests
  • Supporting organizations
  • Tax-exempt and taxable financing
  • Tax exemptions from real property and sales tax
  • Trade and professional associations
  • Unrelated business income tax

To discuss any of these matters with our attorneys, contact us online or at 314-621-2939.

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St. Louis, MO 63101

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