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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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2014-10-23 501(c)(3) fees:

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 issue is controlled by state law and states may differ somewhat

2014-10-23 501(c)(3) fees:

The word "brokers" is not in the codes, but it appears that you are referring to someone who has a contract with a 501(c)(3) organization to solicit funding for the organization.  Those persons are regulated

2014-10-23 donations or charitable contributions:

Yes. Companies may make charitable donations that are deductible.  As to charitable deductions, see IRS Publication 526 "Charitable Donations"  which is available at

2014-10-22 Non Profit Spending:

   I am assuming from what you wrote to me that the organization  is not a private foundation (you can confirm that on the IRS  determination letter).    There is no restriction for one or two years of

2014-10-22 new logo merchandise sales:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. Off the top of my head I would not be able to give you any IRS reference


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