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Property taxes and religious organizations: Can you challenge a local property tax decision in federal Court?

  • November 10, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When a religious organization applies for but is denied a property tax exemption under state law, the Tax Injunction Act may prevent a federal court from hearing a claim challenging such a decision. The Tax Injunction Act (“TIA”) prohibits federal district courts from enjoining, suspending or […]

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Court Clears Way for Use of Unpaid Volunteer Labor

  • May 7, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Organizations that use volunteer labor can breathe a sigh of relief.  With the latest decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Acosta v. Cathedral Buffet, Inc., 6th Cir., Case No. 17-3427, (April 16, 2017), the Appellate Court clarified that use of unpaid labor, was […]

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A Charity, Nonprofit, and Tax-Exempt Entity – Are They All the Same?

  • September 20, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

The words “charity,” “nonprofit,” and “tax-exempt” are often used interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. While a corporation can be charitable, nonprofit, and tax exempt, not all nonprofits are charitable, or tax-exempt. A nonprofit corporation is a legal entity created under state law.[1] A nonprofit […]

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Charity’s For-Profit Subsidiary Not Exempt from Property Tax

  • December 19, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Trinity Health-Warde Lab, LLC v. Township of Pittsfield, 2016 Mich. App. Lexis 2026, Case No. 328092, which disallowed a for-profit laboratory to utilize the tax-exempt status of its charitable parent corporation when it itself […]

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Donation and Recycling Bins: A Brief Review of the Industry

  • November 27, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC has become a leader in defending the rights of donation bin owners to place collection bins, who receive used clothes and shoes, and redistribute them throughout the world for people in need.  A brief explanation of this […]

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Donation Bin Ordinances: A compromise between protecting commercial speech and reasonable governmental regulations.

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In early 2013, the City of Portage, Michigan announced that it was considering the issue of clothing donation bins and a proposed ordinance regulating the same. At the time, few municipalities had investigated the issue, and the City was unsure of what action to take. […]

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Clothing and Shoe Donation Bins: Commercial Free Speech prevails in the Sixth Circuit

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In January 2014, the City of St. Johns, Michigan adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance […]

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Dalton & Tomich Achieves Huge Win in the Sixth Circuit!

  • August 5, 2015
  • by Admin

Earlier this year, Dalton & Tomich helped secure a major victory on behalf of one of its clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In April, the Sixth Circuit in Planet Aid v. City of St. Johns unanimously upheld a […]

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When Does Your Nonprofit Need an Attorney?

  • July 27, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you are on the board of a nonprofit, you already know that there are some situations where your organization will need an attorney. However, most nonprofits do not realize many of the areas where an attorney can drastically minimize risk for the nonprofit, and […]

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5 Significant Changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act

  • May 4, 2015
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

When serving as an officer or board member of a nonprofit organization, it is vital to monitor any changes in the governing law. This past January 2015, three new bills were enacted that made significant changes to the way Michigan nonprofit corporations are governed. These […]

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