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The Coming Legal Battles Over How To Fund Religious Schools and Where They Can Locate

  • May 29, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The pandemic forced public and private schools all across the country to close early. In response, many parents had to quickly adapt to alternative ways to educate their children. Some discovered the benefits and challenges of homeschooling. Others turned to virtual classrooms and courses taught […]

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Shutdown Allows Illinois Small Businesses and Not-for-Profit Corporations Time To Reassess How They Operate

  • April 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

At Dalton & Tomich, we work with both for profit and not-for-profit clients in Illinois. Be it small business start-ups or existing religious ministries, we help our clients understand how they can accomplish their goals while navigating the various laws which govern how they may […]

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Financial relief is available for nonprofits and the Church through the CARES Act

  • March 30, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

COVID 19 has brought many of us to our knees. It has closed ministries, non-profits and has hurt their ability to function at a time when they are most needed. Yet at the same time, we believe that as a nation, we may be on […]

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Coronavirus Impact: State and Federal Relief Funds to Assist Small Business with Losses during COVID-19

  • March 22, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

With many of Michigan’s small businesses and restaurants closed by Executive Order as result of COVID-19 until at least April 13, 2020, many business owners are looking for relief to remedy their losses. The MEDC announced the Michigan Small Business Relief Program to fund $20 […]

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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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