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Jack Owen, Esq. discusses City of Pittsburgh challenges to tax-exempt real estate in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s challenges of tax-exempt status unlikely to be successful, experts say.  When Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey recently announced the city would challenge the tax exempt status of more than 100 parcels of land, it was branded as a way to get the largest local nonprofit organizations to “pay their fair share.” But actually getting those Read More

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Jack Owen’s Tax-Exempt Alert NOVEMBER 2023

2024 Changes in Annual Qualified Retirement Plan Benefit Limits The IRS recently announced the new annual qualified retirement plan benefit limits for 2024.  Set forth in the table below is a summary of the most relevant new limits for 2022 – 2024.  These lists are mainly of interest to those of you familiar with retirement Read More

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Planned Giving 101


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This is the second in a continuing series of articles on business entities. In this article, we address the basics of the partnership form of business. The decision to enter into a partnership should not be taken lightly. Before entering into a partnership, you should be able to answer several questions. Why is there a Read More

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Choosing a Legal Entity for Your Business

This is a first of a series of articles on business entity selection that will discuss the general considerations of selecting a business entity and discuss the attributes of sole proprietorships. In Pennsylvania, there are a wide variety of business forms available to business owners, including the following: Sole proprietorship Partnership Limited partnership Limited liability Read More

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The Trump Bump

Susan Ott and I just gave our annual planned giving presentation at the Emerging Philanthropy Conference: Who’s Driving the Car? Following this Conference, I am still thinking that we are in an unusual time with the winds of change blowing. Change, whether we like it or not, always brings opportunities, and organizations need to be Read More

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Allegheny County scrutinizing tax exempt properties.

Allegheny County has decided to take an aggressive stance in revoking tax exempt properties. Tax-exempt property owners should be familiar with the criteria to qualify for a real estate tax exemption and be prepared to defend their tax exempt status. See the link below.

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