Author: May L. Harris, Esq.

A Bit about Trademarks

04:42 29 August in Blog, Social Enterprise

Many clients ask me about whether or not they need to register their business name or newest product name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Well, as is true with so many things legal - it depends. In the United States,...

We’re Moving Our Offices August 1st!

00:55 11 July in Blog

The For Purpose Law Group, a law firm specializing in the representation of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and socially conscious businesses throughout Southern California, is pleased to announce the relocation of our offices to downtown San Diego on August 1st, 2013. Our new offices are located in...

Flexible Purpose Corporations

00:59 27 June in Blog

What are Flexible Purpose Corporations? A Flexible Purpose Corporation (Flex C) is one of two new corporate structures that became available in California beginning January 1, 2012. The other corporate form that became available in 2012 was the Benefit Corporation. Flexible Purpose Corporations, like Benefit Corporations,...

Automatic Revocation of Exempt Status

01:03 03 June in Blog

The requirements to maintain an organization’s tax exempt status are actually relatively straight forward. The organization must keep accurate financial records, file an annual information tax return and pay any applicable taxes from “unrelated business income,” and avoid engaging in prohibited activities Making sure that your...

Tax Exemption under IRC 501(c)

01:07 14 May in Blog

The Difference Between 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) & 501(c)(7) Selecting the proper tax structure for your organization will have a significant impact on the activities you can undertake, how the organization is operated and what transactions are considered tax exempt for the organization and tax deductible for your...

IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Orgs

06:16 10 May in Blog

The Internal Revenue Service is supposed to act in a completely nonpartisan manner when examining exempt organizations, but now they're in quite a bit of hot water for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were...