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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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Recent Answers from Harvey Mechanic

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

2014-10-22 new logo merchandise sales:

If the school logo is prominently displayed then the sale of t-shirts would not be unrelated business activity. I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal

2014-10-22 W-9 Form August 2013 Exemptions:

I am sorry but I don't know what you are asking.  I see that you are referring to by "this August 2013 W-9 form".   The W-9 form with instructions is at  and, on page one

2014-10-22 Non-Profit Organizations gets Donations from Illegal Activities:

The exempt organization may have a problem but only if they conspired with a donor or member in conducting illegal activities, not if they are simply accepting the benefits of someone else's illegal activities


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