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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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2014-11-18 Building fund:

The Board would follow the corporation's articles of incorporation and bylaws to fill the empty board seats.     Harvey Mechanic  Attorney at Law    P.S. This response is intended

2014-11-18 Building fund:

Is the church a Nevada nonprofit corporation?  If not, what type of entity is it?  Generally, you would be able to access the building fund after your board approves such use, unless someone donated with

2014-11-17 quid-pro-quo:

Any entity, whether for-profit or nonprofit, may barter its services in exchange for benefits, but that has nothing to do with the "quid pro quo" rule, by which I am assuming you are referring to applicability

2014-11-17 lease agreements:

See IRS Publication 526 "Charitable Donations" which is available at - especially on page 9 the IRS writes about "partial interests" under the heading "Partial Interest

2014-11-16 Automatic revocation and re-establishing exempt status:

I suggest starting a new Tennessee nonprofit corporation. Use a new name and you may not then be considered a successor organization which would require that you complete some additional filing other than


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