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QUESTION: What is vicarious liability? ANSWER: Vicarious liability, in this context, is the idea that an employer can be held responsible for the negligent acts and omissions of its employees. When an employee of the organization is acting in the course of his or her employment, the organization is responsible for damages or injuries that [...]

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QUESTION:  What are the rules for deductibility of contributions of property? ANSWER:  The rules pertaining to charitable contributions of property are more complex than those involving gifts of money.  This type of gift is usually deductible, but there are several limitations on the extent of deductibility in any tax year.  For a contribution of property to [...]

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QUESTION:  What are the rules for deductibility of contributions of money? ANSWER:  A charitable contribution is often made with money.  While this type of gift is usually deductible, there are limitations on the extent of deductibility in any one tax year.  For a contribution of money to be deductible by an individual under the federal income [...]

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QUESTION:  What is the state property tax exemption, and do the exemptions vary from state to state? ANSWER:  Each of the 50 states recognizes some type of property tax exemption from religious nonprofit organizations.  The extent, manner, and means of exemption vary from state to state and an organization should consult the statutes in its [...]

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QUESTION:  What is the state income tax exemption? ANSWER:  IRC § 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for state exemptions from payment of corporate income tax, as well as other tax exemptions and benefits.  All but five states have corporate income taxes, and most also have sales and other taxes.  For-profit corporations are taxed by most [...]

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QUESTION:  What is mediation? ANSWER:  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is confidential and voluntary.  It aims, with the help of neutral mediators, to assist two or more parties in reaching an agreement over a disputed matter.  The mediator is not a judge or decision maker.  Instead, the mediator is a skilled [...]

Satanists seek spot next to Ten Commandments monument on steps of Oklahoma’s Statehouse

In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps. The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as [...]

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