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Non-profit & Tax-Exempt Organizations


Hawai‘i is home to thousands of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations making a positive impact on our community. These organizations enjoy certain benefits, such as tax exemption, as well as the ability to solicit tax-deductible contributions. These benefits come with legal complexities, and experienced counsel is vital.

Cades Schutte’s Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations Group is well-equipped to advise clients on all aspects of their business. Made up of a robust team from the firm’s Corporate & Business and Employment Law & Labor Relations Groups, and Tax, Litigation, and Trusts & Estates Groups, we can advise on the full life-cycle from formation to tax auditing and planning, and resolving disputes that may arise.

What We Do

  • Entity Formation
  • Applications for Tax Exemption
  • Corporate Law and Governance, including Amendments to Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
  • Tax Advice, including on Tax Exemptions and Unrelated Business Income
  • Intellectual Property
  • M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) and Joint Ventures
  • Real Estate Dispute Resolution

We guide tax-exempt organizations through their formation, application for tax exemption, operation, and occasionally termination. We assist our clients in managing unrelated business income taxes, the use of joint ventures and subsidiary entities, and fundraising, including deferred or planned gifts.

Our clients include individuals, families, and local, national, and international tax-exempt organizations who seek our assistance in navigating both federal law and the intricacies of operating a tax-exempt organization in Hawai‘i.

  • Assisting numerous organizations in formation and applications to the IRS for recognition of tax exemption.
  • Navigating nonprofit mergers.
  • Representing nonprofit entities in investigations by the IRS or Attorney General.
  • Seeking private letter rulings on tax issues for tax-exempt organizations.
  • Reviewing and amending Bylaws.


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Trever K. Asam


Trever is a partner at Cades Schutte, representing clients in federal and state tax matters. Trever handles both planning and controversy matters, including audits, appeals, and tax litigation in the federal and state courts.

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