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Letter: IRS offers one-time special filing relief program for small charities

Posted: September 17, 2010 12:17 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2010 12:14 p.m.

In a community such as ours, odds are that the Chronicle-Independent’s readers are associated with one or more small nonprofit organizations. We would like to get the word out that some small nonprofit organizations are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they have not filed required returns with the Internal Revenue Service for 2007, 2008 and 2009. It is important that they act now to preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010.

A list of many of these at-risk organizations appears on the IRS website and is available to the public. Unfortunately, some organizations that do not appear on the list are also at risk of automatic revocation, particularly those that were not required to file for exempt status because their gross receipts in each taxable year are normally under $5,000. Please note that most churches and qualifying church-related organizations are exempt from the requirement to file.

To see the names and last-known addresses of many of these at-risk organizations, along with guidance about how to come back into compliance, readers can go to www.irs.gov  and click on the “Charities and Non-Profits” tab. The first article listed on that webpage links to the list and to detailed information to guide organizations’ leaders in preserving their exempt status.

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