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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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2014-09-29 NonProfits and activities:

I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions about IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. Therefore, I am assuming you are referring to such an organization

2014-09-26 fundraisers laws california:

If you have the official name, or at least part of the official name of the organization, you can go to and click the box "Corporation name" and search to see if the organization is

2014-09-26 Church Organization:

The IRS Exempt Organization's section (EO) shows what the distinct legal existence is. Individuals or others establishing a 501(c)(3) organization receive exemption only if they formed one of three types

2014-09-25 Gymnastics booster club:

My opinion is that it is not acceptable to fundraise for a subgroup of only ten members, based upon the charitable class issue.     Harvey Mechanic  Attorney at Law    P.S. This

2014-09-25 Gymnastics booster club:

Sorry, but I have not found any regulation or court case that give a specific number, below which would be considered unacceptable. Has your organization filed form 1023 Application for Exemption yet?


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