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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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2014-07-26 IRS allowable expense for non-profit:

The IRS rule for what nonprofits may spend money on is similar to the standard that the IRS uses when determining what is a valid business expense for an ordinary business. For example, see  http://www

2014-07-23 New York certificate of incorporation app./non-profit:

Section 502 of the Internal Revenue Code reads, in relevant part,  "An organization operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a  trade or business for profit shall not be exempt from taxation  under

2014-07-23 snack bar fees:

This form of activity by the organization an example of an unfair business practice. I suggest that you pass on my earlier answer to them and let them know that you are going to be holding them to the

2014-07-23 snack bar fees:

A 501(c)(3) organization may have fees.  For example universities have tuition.  But you wrote that the kids have already paid their tuition.  That would indicate that there was a contract (either oral

2014-07-23 Car Club:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. But I will give you some information. The IRS gives some details about


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