Abstract

Museums benefit immensely from their position in the American tax code and its peculiarities, but the fundamentals of this relationship are often muddled, confusing, and difficult to explain. But with recent alterations to the federal tax code and an atmosphere of apprehension in the field, understanding and explanation are critical to proper decision-making and governance. This thesis addresses that need through multifaceted research and analysis of historical data, expert analysis, and crucially case law at both the federal and state level. The result of this will be to expand the currently anemic body of current literature on the topic and bring the issue to mind more saliently for professionals in the field.

Publication Date

4-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Undergraduate

Degree Name

Museum Studies (BS)

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture (CLA)

Advisor

Tina Lent

Advisor/Committee Member

Cassandra George Ramos

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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