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IRS Changes Donor Disclosure Requirements for Non-Charitable Exempts

On July 16th, the IRS issued controversial guidance eliminating the requirement for non-charitable exempt organizations to report the names of contributors on their tax returns.

The guidance is the end, for now, of a simmering political controversy relating to information available to the government regarding “dark money” and donations to non-charitable exempt organizations.    

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Down But Not Out - States Point the Way to How the FTC Might Recover from the 11th Circuit’s LabMD Decision

In a classic story of “it’s never over until it’s over,” cybersecurity David LabMD challenged the FTC’s Goliathan ability to issue sweeping orders in relation to security concerns under Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  LabMD had lost its challenge of the FTC’s underlying authority to issue such orders, but continued in its fight, ultimately challenging the wording of the FTC’s form order itself.  And LabMD ultimately won in a landmark decision that can be found here.

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Second Equifax Employee Charged with Insider Trading Following Data Breach

On June 28, 2018 the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced parallel criminal and civil charges against Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, a former software development manager, for selling his shares of Equifax stock before Equifax publicly announced that it had suffered an immense data breach

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The Risk in Your (Unprivileged) Risk Assessment

As cybersecurity regulatory frameworks mature, the move has been toward risk-adjusted security requirements rather than prescriptive controls mandated by a legislature or administrative agency.  This makes sense, of course, for two primary reasons. 

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Mark to Market Guidance Issued for College and University Investment Excise Tax

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, colleges and universities with endowments over $500,000 per student are now required to pay a 1.4% excise tax on investment earnings. 

The IRS has now provide guidance that will take a bit of the bite out of this new tax -- at least at first.

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