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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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2016-01-30 Stipend for booster member:

The IRS explains:  --- Start of Excerpt ---  An exempt organization (EO) may have officers such as a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, executive director, and CEO (chief executive officer)

2016-01-27 one more question:

Yes, that is fine, but still the booster organization must provide to the family the same benefits as it provides to the other gymnasts.     Harvey Mechanic  Attorney at Law   

2016-01-26 501 C3:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. Generally, I would recommend that a religious publishing company and

2016-01-26 gymnastic booster clubs:

My summary of IRS regulations relating to 501(c)(3) booster organizations is at and you may be interested to read that. You will see there that all of the provisions that you asked

2016-01-26 Can an organization change its tax determination:

In order to receive donations that are deductible, a nonprofit organization must have articles of organization, (either articles of incorporation, articles of association or a trust document,  depending


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