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Immunity for Non-Profit Officers and Directors

Sovereign immunity is a historical legal doctrine of old.  Kings and Queens could not be held liable for their actions as sovereigns as early law and government developed.  In current times you will hear this doctrine invoked as a defense against liability whenever a government or government employee is sued in court, for example, in cases of police brutality.  Florida’s sovereign immunity statutes still protect the government and its officials from personal liability in most cases and place limits on the amount of damages recoverable in most cases.

Section 617.0834, Florida Statutes, provides immunity to you as officers and directors of a Section 501(c)(3) corporation not for profit.  You “……shall not be personally liable for monetary damages to any person for any statement, vote, decision, or failure to take an action regarding organizational management or policy…….”; but of course there are exceptions:

  1. If the officer or director failed to perform or breached their duties as an officer or director (see Lawyer Thiele’s Legal Corner, “Duties of Directors,” April 2, 2019;
  2. Reckless or malicious acts;
  3. Deriving improper personal benefit from any transaction (see the Corner, “Conflicts of Interest, September 2, 2019).

Most if not all states have enacted similar laws in order to encourage participation in non-profit community work and to shield your lawful activities from personal liability.

2021 Child Tax Credit: Easy Qualifying for Parents

Raising kids can be expensive, and the Child Tax Credit is here to help.  President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children.

The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17.

Eligibility: Most families, even those with little to no income, can receive the full amount. If you are a single parent making less than $112,500 or a married couple making less than $150,000—and have children under age 18 who will live with you for more than half of 2021 — you are likely eligible for the full benefit. These benefits do not affect your eligibility for other federal benefits like SNAP.

Click here to view flyer:  Child-Tax-Credit

Click here to visit the site:  ChildTaxCredit.gov


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