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The PWG tasked the committees, selected in September 2007 and comprised of well-respected asset managers and investors, with collaborating on industry issues and creating a set of guidelines for their particular sets of stakeholders. Their work was based on the PWG’s Principles and Guidelines Regarding Private Pools of Capital issued in February 2007, which wanted to enhance investor protections and systemic risk safeguards.

The PWG includes the minds of the U.S. Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The best practices for the asset managers ask hedge funds to look at comprehensive best practices in all respects of their business, including the critical regions of disclosure, valuation of assets, risk management, business operations, issues and conformity of interest.

1. Are you allowed to hold this type of investment? 2. Do you think financial markets are inefficient and that such inefficiencies are exploitable? 3. Is it possible to adequately evaluate the positions kept in the hedge fund investment and the associated dangers of those positions? 4. Will be the expenses and fees of hedge funds reasonable and fair? 5. What recourse are you experiencing if something goes wrong? Only after you have considered these questions and conclusively proven that your fiduciary responsibilities are being met can you feel safe in selecting hedge finance investments.

Fiduciaries operate in a particular relationship of trust and legal and ethical responsibility for controlling the amount of money of others. When it comes to hedge fund investing, the responsibilities attendant to the fiduciary role indicate the line of inquiry offered above straight. In my view, the hurdles that must be cleared to justify making hedge fund investments are too much for most fiduciaries.

Those that do decide to move forward down the hedge account path should be prepared to demonstrate that they do so properly with a compelling case because of their conduct prepared beforehand. The best practices for investors add a Fiduciary’s Guide and an Investor’s Guide. The Fiduciary’s Guide provides suggestions to individuals billed with analyzing the appropriateness of hedge money as an element of the investment stock portfolio.

The Investor’s Guide provides recommendations to those charged with executing and administering a hedge fund program once a hedge account has been added to the investment collection. Someone who wanted in on the hedge finance action in the most severe way was Samuel Israel III. He was a Wall Street guy who’d worked his way up here and there in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a investor.

A hedge finance, like the one Sam Israel was starting up, is like a private club for wealthy investors. It takes a million dollars to enter the door usually. And the very best hedge fund managers are a high priesthood of brilliant traders. They place complicated bets that can handsomely pay off, when others are dropping their tee shirts even.

-this activity would be considered unrelated. It should be kept in mind that even if one exclusion is not available, another may apply. The taxes regulations explicitly state that the rental of space in a warehouse or storage space garage does not fit within the unaggressive investment exemption and would be at the mercy of the general UBIT rules. It is important to notice, however, that passive investment exception generally will not connect with any income from a passive investment that was acquired through personal debt financing-for example, borrowed funds, like a mortgage. Some organizations send potential donors a low-cost item (like a coffee mug or key chain) showing off the organization’s logo to help induce them to contribute.

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If a business sold its e-mail lists or other data to an outside commercial entity, such sales would be subject matter and unrelated to UBIT. Similarly, if the business maintained a website or periodical, the advertising revenue produced therefrom would generally be unrelated and subject to UBIT. A limited exception is available under certain circumstances for “qualified sponsorship payments,” where the person paying receives no substantial benefit other than the acknowledgment or use of the business name, logo, or products regarding the the organization’s activities. So far we have talked about requirements to file and pay UBIT to the government.

States also have their own requirements. For example, organizations that are at the mercy of federal tax on unrelated business income are taxable under Article 13 of the New York State Tax Law if they go after those unrelated business activities in New York State. To record those taxes, the business must file Form CT-13, Unrelated Business Income Tax Return. The rules of states differ, so specific condition laws and regulations should be consulted to determine your organization’s condition tax liability. Judah I. Kupfer, Esq., gained his JD at Brooklyn Law School and his LLM in taxation at New York University School of Law. With appreciation to Jacob I. Friedman, Esq., of Proskauer Rose LLP for his comments and review.