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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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2015-02-28 501C3 Booster Club question:

For those families who do not join your organization may collect fees from them to cover those costs but keep their accounts separate from the booster club organization, but the main point is that, if

2015-02-28 501C3 Booster Club question:

Yes, that is allowed as long as you follow the caveats that I mentioned earlier.  I am also assuming that the booster organization does not allow the families to take funds from those individual accounts

2015-02-28 501C3 Booster Club question:

That is fine as long as your group does not require equally situated gymnasts to join your group and raise funds. Otherwise such an operation would be what the IRS calls a cooperative.  A cooperative is

2015-02-26 501c3 Conversion from PF to PC:

1.  A private foundation may provide direct services and then it may be classified by the IRS as a private operating foundation. See IRS Publication 557 "Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization"  which

2015-02-26 Assumed Names/Unincorporated:

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


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