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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 do not make your question public then I will not be spending much of my donated time on answers that would not 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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2016-08-25 Athletic Boosters:

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

2016-08-21 Reporting 501(c)(3) Violations:

Complaints could go to your State's Attorney General's Office as that office generally oversees charities within the state. If the action is criminal then your local district attorney may be interested

2016-08-18 501 c3 booster club:

This is a common situation. If private 501(c)(3) organizations wants to use school facilities or the school's name, then they need permission from the school board.  Otherwise, it does not, but then the

2016-08-09 As an employee of non-profit is there a legal way to request...:

No. See IRS Publication 526 "Charitable Donations" which is available  at    especially on page 9 the IRS writes about "partial interests" under the heading "Partial

2016-08-07 minimum donation vs. fee:

You are correct that a "minimum donation" is a misnomer, because that amount is required for the goods or services.  They would need to account for the funds other than as a donation, but I do not believe


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