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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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2015-06-28 Non-profit budget:

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

2015-06-27 TAX EXEMPTION:

No. The U.S. Supreme Court in the Bob Jones University case ruled that a 501(c)(3) organization may not discriminate on the basis of race.     ---Start of Excerpt--  Section 501(c)(3)

2015-06-26 Church Parking Lot Depreciation:

You are welcome.    Associate Professor of Accounting, Frank A. Marino (CPA) has a fine  28 page introduction "Handbook for the Church Audit Committee" and  he observes:  --- Start of Excerpt ---  For

2015-06-24 Sports Uniforms:

The IRS calls what you are referring to as "Earmarking" by donors.     From page 8 of  is:  ---Start of Excerpt--  The Taxpayer [501(c)(3) organization] must ensure

2015-06-24 5013c band boosters fundraising:

You would be able to form a for-profit organization but what you proposed is not qualified to be a 501(c)(3) organization.  Such an operation would be what the IRS calls a cooperative.  A cooperative is


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