An exemption from income taxation is often an organization’s greatest asset — without it, a substantial part of the organization’s revenues would be allocated to taxes, making it difficult to fund activities that support its tax-exempt mission.
But exemption does not apply to all income; sometimes, even tax-exempt organizations must pay income taxes. The key is knowing when to pay and managing that aspect of your organization so that it doesn’t affect your tax-exempt mission.
Our tax professionals daily address issues affecting all types of tax-exempt organizations. With this broad experience comes a deep understanding of both the technical and practical issues.
No question is trivial. And because it is difficult to diagnose and measure unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), we offer this Q&A guide to help with issues your organization may face.
A sampling of the questions we answer in the guide:
- Okay, I get it. Sometimes a tax-exempt organization has to pay income taxes. But how do you know when to pay?
- Why all the emphasis on UBI? Organizations have had UBI for years — why does it seem that the IRS is more focused on it now?
- If I have UBI, what expenses can I deduct against the revenue to lower my tax liability?
- We have advertising in our publications. How can we make sure we are reporting it correctly for UBI purposes?
- We rent property, and sometimes it’s excluded from taxation. When is it taxable?
- What can we do to make sure we manage our UBI appropriately?
Partner, Human Capital Services, Not-for-Profit Tax Practice Leader
Dan is a partner and leads Grant Thornton’s Notfor-Profit Tax practice which serves tax-exempt organizations including colleges & universities, hospitals, private foundations, cultural institutions & trade associations throughout the country.
New York, New York
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