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Harvey Mechanic

I am an attorney and I volunteer time to answer general questions about U.S. Federal income tax issues of nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities only. Those questions could be about establishing and maintaining legal requirements for such non-profit organizations in the United States, including Internal Revenue service filings and requirements. I will not be working on this free forum to answer questions about Nonprofit's possible unrelated or for-profit businesses or how to fill out forms. This forum is only for general questions about federal tax law, not as the law applies to your specific situation. If you do not make your question public then I will not be spending much of my donated time on answers that would not benefit the public. If you have other questions, please contact me at I will reply from my email. In any case, do not reveal confidential information to me until after I have contracted with you to provide personal legal services. My responses on this forum are intended to be general statements of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice, and do not create an attorney/client relationship. For me to consider your individual situation and how the law .....

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2016-10-17 501c3/c19 veterans non profit:

You may want to start from scratch as you may not want to be subject to any liabilities of that existing 501(c)(3) organization. In any case, you would need to put pay the $400 IRS filing fee to change

2016-10-17 501c3 Church:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations and not about their unrelated businesses. As to the IRS, your church

2016-10-11 DBA two entities under single 501c3:

Most states allow nonprofit organizations to use dbas and often would require registration.  The IRS does not mind use of dbas by 501(c)(3) organizations. In fact, the IRS database for 501(c)(3) organizations

2016-10-08 Can a 501c3 Booster club charge a late fee on dues:

My summary of IRS regulations relating to 501(c)(3) booster organizations is at and you may be interested to read that. There you will see that such a 501(c)(3) organization may not

2016-10-07 Previous-Year Dues:

It appears that you knew before you started the season that there were dues and you did not then object. You would, therefore, owe dues.  It is similar to the situation when a student enters a term at

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