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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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I have been practicing law and especially the law of nonprofit organizations since 1990 when I was admitted to the New York Bar and I have maintained my status with the Bar since that time.


B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.

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2014-04-18 AA in Mass:

First you file the SS-4 form to obtain a EIN (Employer Identification Number - or Taxpayer Id number).  Then you would file Form 1023 application for exemption if you want 501(c)(3) organization status

2014-04-18 Booster Organization:

My summary of IRS regulations relating to 501c3 booster organizations is at:  and you may be interested to read that.     Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law -

2014-04-18 Non profit directors:

States allow Directors who are foreign nationals to control the board of not-for-profit churches.  Specifically, for Florida their nonprofit corporation law is available at and down

2014-04-17 TAX FORMS:

You are correct. Donors are not required to complete any tax forms to give to the 501(c)(3) organization that they are donating to.  The publication that addresses the 501(c)(3) organizations as to what

2014-04-17 Can 501c(3) organizations only donate from one bank account?:

Sorry for the delay in the answer to your questions on this site. has, for the last 10 days not been sending  me the questions to answer.  I answered you directly to your email.     Harvey


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