Top Ten Church, Charity, and School Illinois Property Tax Exemption Mistakes

Top Ten Church, Charity, and School Illinois Property Tax Exemption Mistakes By: William A. Price, www.growthlaw.com Don’t apply for property tax relief before you get your federal exemption letter. You have the burden of proof of exemption, and though the IRS “Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval” is not enough to prove state qualification, it is…

Alternative Legal Services Markets Top $10 billion In Sales

The practice of law has changed, starting in London, and moving fast around the world. The four biggest law firms are the “Final Four” accounting firms, with law licenses in many countries and over 10,000 lawyer employees collectively. British solicitors (their term for non-trial lawyers, where trial lawyers are barristers) firms like Eversheds, Allen &…

Employee Stock and Stock Options Plans

  Stock option plans and other stock plans let you compensate your employees or independent contractors for improving the value of the company without making them immediately liable for taxes on the value of their stock or options. There are several variations. These include:   Classic stock options: Employee or Contractor purchase rights, exercisable immediately…

Illinois General Assembly Adds Harassment Liability And Training Mandates

The Illinois General Assembly passed, and Governor Pritzker is expected to sign SB 75. This legislation: a. Increases information exchange between state departments concerning candidates for state licenses or those holding same whose licenses may be refused, revoked, or suspended as a result of commission of a civil rights violation. b. Specifies that a “hostile…

ISBA LLC and S Corporation Tax Seminar Free Powerpoint

Jim Nepple and I presented a half day seminar on LLC and S corporation tax issues on May 15, 2018. My part focused on what pass-through entities are, and how Illinois LLC operating agreements should be modified to define agency authority (e.g., who can sign contracts for the company) and manager rights, if the company…

New Illinois Bar Video On Buying And Selling A Business

The Illinois State Bar Association just posted a video with me talking about the documents you need to negotiate in the course of buying or selling a business, from the initial nondisclosure/noncircumvent that allows buyers and sellers to exchange confidential information to the term sheet which outlines their deal to the final sales contract (with…

Bad Things Happen To Undocumented Business People

If you don’t take care of those who depend on you, bad things (often involving lawyers) tend to happen: A promise is not a will:  Charles Kuralt, the TV commentator, lived with Patricia Elizabeth Shannon for 29 years, many on 90 acres of Montana land with a renovated schoolhouse and a view. He sent her…

Record Level Of Venture Investments In China

Venture capital investments in China reached $15.3 billion during 2015, significantly higher than the previous high of $7.3 billion in 2011. Mobile device deals predominated, with an average of $9.8 million per deal. Exits have also seen growth, with 61 deals raising $7.2 billion of venture backed company IPO’s in China in 2014, the last…

Business Issues In Estate Administration

Just delivered a talk to the DuPage County Bar Association on family business issues in estate disputes. Reminded those present that most buy-sell agreements are not funded with “Key Man” insurance, that most spouses and children are incompetent to manage the business but want money, and that even rich people like the Wrigleys and the…

Lying On Expense Reports Can Eliminate Rights To All Compensation, Even For A Company President

The First District of the Illinois Appellate Court upheld a $9.8 million award for ICD Publications, Inc. against Ian Gittlitz this December, http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2014/1stDistrict/1133277.pdf Mr. Gittlitz had admitted to fraudulently taking more than $1 million in advances on entity distributions, without information to the other two co-owners of ICD Publications, Inc. He had signed an agreement…