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DO NOT GIVE ME INFORMATION THAT YOU WANT KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. 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 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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2017-01-20 501(c)3 non profit:

I am assuming that your members pay some annual dues.  If not, please let me know and I will then change my answer.    Generally, when members of 501(c)(3) organization pay dues they get to take a charitable

2017-01-20 Contributions made by a 501(c) to an Individual:

Revenue Ruling 56-304 provides:  --- Start of Excerpt ---  Organizations privately established and funded as charitable  foundations which are organized and actively operated to carry on  one or more

2017-01-18 Donations to Teachers:

See pdf page 13 of under the heading  "Charitable Class"  --start of excerpt  ---  The group of individuals that may properly receive  assistance from a charitable

2017-01-17 Annualized Contribution Acknowledgement Letter:

For more details, the IRS has a page at     Harvey Mechanic  Attorney at Law    P.S. This information is given for legal education only. It may not work for

2017-01-17 Annualized Contribution Acknowledgement Letter:

I don't know pages you got to by "Googling" but the IRS is the authority on this matter. There are many advisors who simply want to make more money from their clients and, therefore concoct elaborate requirements


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