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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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2015-05-23 Charity named as beneficiary of IRA:

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 not an exemption issue but an issue as to donations

2015-05-22 Gymnastic Booster Club:

Yes.      The IRS has taken a position that "[a]n organization may  be educational within the meaning of IRC 501(c)(3) if it teaches  sports to youth or by being affiliated with an exempt educational

2015-05-21 speaking at candidate rallies:

The founder of one of your campaigns has, as much as any other person in the United States, the right to speak and endorse any candidate for office.  However, the founder may not, in that speech indicate

2015-05-21 Gymnastic Booster Club:

It is fine to pay such USAG fees as those appear to be required for the youth to compete. The IRS rule for what nonprofits may spend money on is similar to the standard that the IRS uses when determining

2015-05-21 Gymnastic Booster Club:

Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) which is available at (on page 2, first column) provides, in part, that the 501(c)(3) organization must be one of "Corporations, and  any community


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