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Nonprofit Organizations

Goodsill provides a broad range of services to nonprofit and governmental entities with particular emphasis on the unique governance and tax issues facing such entities. We represent a wide range of nonprofit organizations including scientific research, social service, educational, cultural, grantmaking, and other types of public charities, as well as support organizations, private foundations, trade and professional associations, social clubs, labor organizations, and governmental entities. The specialized knowledge our firm has developed in exempt organization tax law and nonprofit governance, combined with the diverse practice areas of our attorneys make Goodsill a Hawaii leader in providing legal services to nonprofit organizations.

Our attorneys routinely assist our clients in matters such as:

  • Organization and Qualification – including recognition of tax-exempt status
  • Governance
  • Tax-Exempt Status – maintenance of tax-exempt status, including addressing issues involving possible private inurement and excess private benefit
  • Intermediate Sanctions – compliance with the intermediate sanctions provisions
  • Lobbying – compliance with the restrictions on lobbying and political activities
  • Unrelated Business Income Tax
  • State Taxes – particularly Hawaii general excise tax issues
  • Private Foundation Excise Taxes – compliance with the private foundation excise tax rules
  • Entity Formation – participation in joint ventures, partnerships and formation of for-profit subsidiaries
  • Charitable Giving
  • Employment and Employee Benefits Issues
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Governmental Relations

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