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The SECURE Act – Eliminating the Stretch IRA and Creating Unique Rules for Younger Participants

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Post Authored by Brian Bentrup The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”) was signed into law on December 20, 2019, by President Donald Trump. It significantly and fundamentally alters retirement in the United States. The purpose of the SECURE Act is to increase access to tax-advantaged accounts,… Read More »


Firm Partner Joseph P. Selbka Scores a Win in the Illinois Appellate Court, as Reported in the Chicago Law Bulletin

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Firm partner and attorney Joseph P. Selbka has a case that was recently published in the Chicago Law Bulletin. The case is Bosch v.  Northshore University Health System, and it was decided on December 11th in the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Third Division. The case involved a student in the University’s nurse… Read More »


Firm Attorney Runs to Raise Funds for Local Church

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Our own Brian Bentrup was busy last Sunday raising funds and running a 5K race with his daughter in the 11th annual Saint Andrew Parish Running of the Bulldogs. Brian joined the firm last year and serves clients in estate planning, probate administration, business law, and residential and commercial real estate, as well as… Read More »

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Firm Attorney Helps Host Special Needs Halloween Event

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Our own Patricia Tauchert helped out at a Halloween Party last Sunday for families and kids with special needs. As a member of the Dundee Township Rotary Club, Ms. Tauchert volunteered at the annual event. Activities included games, face painting, refreshments, and, of course, candy. A comfort dog (in costume!) and therapy horses were… Read More »

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Religious Employers and Religious Exemptions

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

In recent years, two core principles of American freedom have increasingly butted heads with one another.  On the one hand, U.S. states and the federal government want to protect the rights of workers and ensure that they are free from discrimination and harassment in the workplace, based on employees’ statutory and constitutional rights.  On… Read More »

Al Lee to Speak at Kingdom Advisors’ 16th Annual Conference

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Our own Alfred Lee has been invited to speak at the Kingdom Advisors’ 16th Annual Conference, “Fearless,” on February 19-21, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Al will serve on a moderated panel discussion along with representatives from the National Christian Foundation, Orchard Ministry Development and Securities America. The topic of the discussion is Collaborative Gift… Read More »

Jim Pluymert to Speak at Christian Legal Society Pastors’ Forum

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Attorney Jim Pluymert will be delivering a talk at the upcoming Christian Legal Society (CLS) conference in Chicago on Friday, November 1st. This special Pastors’ Forum is being held in conjunction with the 2019 CLS National Conference. Jim will be part of a lunchtime Q&A panel session on a variety of church law legal… Read More »

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How the IRS Defines “Church”

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

The term “church” is included in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) but is not specifically defined.  Instead, the term church is used more as a catchall for places of worship and includes synagogues, mosques, and other entities.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also uses the term “church” to include conventions, associations, and integrated auxiliaries… Read More »

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Do Religious Organizations Have to Apply for Tax Exemption?

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Under United States tax law, religious organizations are considered to be public charities, often called Section 501(c)(3) organizations, referring to a section of the federal Internal Revenue Code (IRC) concerning charities.  Religious organizations are eligible to take advantage of the 501(c)(3) exemption, which allows nonprofit charities to remain exempt from federal, state, and local… Read More »

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How to Keep Your Nonprofit Out of Trouble with the IRS

By Pluymert, MacDonald, Hargrove & Lee, Ltd |

Nonprofit organizations have business matters to attend to.  It is an unavoidable part of running a nonprofit.  In addition, they are subject to heavy regulation by the Internal Revenue Service, in large part because of the special treatment they receive under the tax laws.  Nonprofits depend on maintaining tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) of… Read More »

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