Overview

Taylor Harrison advises tax-exempt organization clients on issues related to tax exemption, compliance, and corporate governance. Her clients include regional nonprofit health systems, grant-making foundations, trade associations, local charitable organizations and national donor-advised funds. She regularly provides guidance on tax-exemption requirements, governance best practices, unrelated business income tax, supporting organization rules, public charity status, compensation-related matters, private foundation rules and requirements and impact investing.

Additionally, Taylor collaborates with colleagues across practice groups to leverage the firm’s deep experience in intellectual property, health-related strategy consulting, employee benefits, government relations and advocacy, privacy, information security, education and health law; in local, state, and federal lobbying, ethics and gift rules; and in other areas. Taylor has a background in corporate tax and has advised clients on joint venture issues, certain tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate and noncorporate restructuring and other compliance issues.

Exempt Organization Tax and Governance

  • Prepared and submitted successful applications for federal tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals, educational, scientific, and charitable organizations, social welfare organizations and trade associations
  • Advised nonprofit hospital systems on Section 501(r) compliance
  • Advised tax-exempt trade association regarding unrelated business income rules related to convention activity
  • Drafted committee charters, trustee code of conduct and contract signature policy for recently merged nonprofit health care system
  • Reviewed potential foreign, supporting organization and private operating foundation grantees for donor-advised fund client
  • Advised private foundations on potential self-dealing issues and minimum distribution requirements
  • Advised public charity client on compliance issues related to group exemption
  • Reviewed corporate governance procedures of large nonprofit hospital system and coordinated with executive team and board leadership to revise governing and related documents
  • Advised private foundation on mission-related investment transactions
  • Established new tax-exempt charitable organizations working in human rights, arts and humanities, charitable grant-making and medical research fields

Personal Interests

  • Social enterprise
  • Yoga/meditation
  • Creative recycling
  • Women’s initiatives

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Education

Fordham University School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Fordham Law Review (2008)

University of Notre Dame
B.A. summa cum laude (2003)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Numerous small organization clients with tax-exemption related issues

Professional Associations

  • Women’s Bar Association of DC, Non-Profit Organizations Practice Forum, Co-chair
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Tax and Finance Practice Group
  • TEGE Exempt Organizations Council

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker BIddle & Reath LLP — Women’s Leadership Committee, 2018-20
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