Archive for the ‘501(c)(3)’ Category
One of my favorite places to get tax information is Taxgirl. I mean this as a compliment but she’s not your typical tax attorney. She can take an issue and break it down and write about it in an easy to understand way. It’s a daily read of mine.
Her latest piece is on charitable organizations. Yesterday, the IRS took away the tax exempt status of around 275,000 organizations because they failed to file their returns. She talks about how the rules changed in 2006 for smaller charities and that with three years of missed returns, a lot of organizations find themselves in hot water. She also recommends that you check out the IRS website and in a week or two, Publication 78 because that will show you which organizations lost their status so you can make sure the charities you give to are still considered charitable organizations for tax purposes.
Setting up a not charity as a 501(c)(3) organization can be a tricky endeavor. While I’d always consult with an adviser, here are some solid resources you can check out to educate yourself on the process.
1) The IRS has a series of web pages that walk you through the process step by step. Check out the Life Cycle of a Public Charity/Private Foundation.
2) Want to know what you’re going to have to do to keep your exempt status. Be sure to check out StayExempt.org.
3) Publication 557 is another good source of information on the application process.
Again, these are by no means exhaustive and I highly recommend you talk to a tax professional and an attorney before getting started.