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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 make your question public then I tend to spend more time on answers to benefit the public. If you have other questions, please contact me at I will reply from my email. To search my previous answers you can do a Google search by "" without the quotes and then add your search terms before hitting enter.

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2015-04-18 Fundraising profit dispensing:

There are no IRS regulations that prohibit a 501(c)(3) organization from giving funds to a particular team based upon what that team arranges to bring into the 501(c)(3) organization unless the team is

2015-04-17 forming our Scout troop into a 501(c)(3):

The easiest way to set up a 501(c)(3) organization (and, it happens to be for no cost) is to use the charitable trust form in IRS Publication 557 "Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization" which is available

2015-04-16 Defraying the costs for competitve wear for gymnasts:

Inurement (benefits to insiders) is discussed by the IRS at and specifically note, on the bottom of page 10, "even a minimal amount of inurement can result

2015-04-16 Changing my nonprofit to a foundation:

The word "foundation" has no particular meaning in reference to exemption issues.  There is, however, a term "private foundation".  From what you wrote I am assuming that your organization received a determination

2015-04-16 Treasurer - Board of Directors:

That treasurer would not have a conflict of interest unless he or she or a close relative has a financial interest in the for-profit gym.       A conflict of interest is present whenever a director, and

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