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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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2015-11-25 Gifts to volunteers from a 501(c)(3):

The IRS explains at on page 87. "A volunteer is an employee under common law if an entity has the right to direct and control the volunteer's performance, not only

2015-11-19 Is it possible to set up contracts between an organization and those fundraising?:

You wrote that the IRS recently examined the Scrip program.  The most recent ruling that I am aware of was in 2009 and contained these facts:  --- Start of excerpt ---  Taxpayer is an individual who purchases

2015-11-11 Nonprofit to a Church nonprofit:

If the organization is going to act as a church (with regular meetings of unrelated persons), then it would want to file with the IRS another Application for Exemption, this time completing not only the

2015-11-09 501(c) Membership Gift:

501(c)(3) booster organizations like other 501(c)(3) organizations may have memberships and provide something in return for paying members, such as socks, but the value of the socks and any other tangible

2015-11-09 501(c)(3) Members:

Individuals are not tax-exempt either and the IRS, therefore, would treat the situation the same when there is a sole member who is an individual and a sole member that is a nonprofit corporation or nonprofit


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