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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. 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 applies, I would need to gather extensive information about the situation. 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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2016-05-06 Donations for the Church Retreat Event:

Yes. That appears to be a payment with no expectation of return.    Harvey Mechanic  Attorney at Law    P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not

2016-05-06 Question about 501c3 fundraising in honor of someone:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. Your matter is controlled by state law and states may differ somewhat

2016-05-05 Designate a contribution for a specific project or purpose:

A donor may designate funds to go to the churches building improvement.  That is not considered what the IRS refers to as "earmarking", which is when the donor wants funds to go to an individual or to

2016-05-05 public charity:

Unless almost all of the work for the store is performed by volunteer labor the sales income of that store would be taxable. In fact, unless it is a very small part of the nonprofits activities, it would

2016-05-05 Contributions for other non-profit organizations:

Your revised plan is generally acceptable to the IRS. Of course, if every time there is such a "donor suggestion" the church agrees to comply, then it appears to be functionally just like a pass-through


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