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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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2016-06-22 Non fundraising donation:

As to charitable deductions, see IRS Publication 526 "Charitable Donations" which is available at on page 6 where the IRS lists as not deductible "Contributions

2016-06-22 Non-profit status:

The IRS allows 501(c)(3) organization status if contracts with outsiders provide to them no more than what would be reasonable. The question then is whether all concessions plus 15% of your gross income

2016-06-22 nonprofit expense:

The IRS rule for what nonprofits may spend money on is similar to  the standard that the IRS uses when determining what is a valid  business expense for an ordinary business. For example, at  http://www

2016-06-18 Team Fundraising Efforts:

Yes.  I thought that is what I explained earlier, but, in any case, the answer is yes.     You did not ask, but the organization would need to comply with California Raffle regulations.

2016-06-17 Team Fundraising Efforts:

IRS regulations prohibit a 501(c)(3) organization allowing an individual to raise funds on behalf of the organization when the funds are going to that particular individual.  However, there is no regulation

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