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Posted: 8/18/2004 7:25:23 PM EST
"In order for an organization to be classified as a 401©(3) corporation (non-profit organization), it must be non-partisan."

True or not?

S.O.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 8:52:56 PM EST
Hello?...Is thing on? [taps mike]

Is this true? Is this what churches fall under and keeps them from endorsing a candidate?

Thanks,
S.O.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:05:21 PM EST
You are correct.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:10:24 PM EST
This link might help:


www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=96099,00.html

At the moment I am embroiled in a one man battle against some organizations that file under this status while endorsing a particular platform. As soon as I get my ducks in a row and my facts ironclad, I will post the whole story.

-RO
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:15:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By PAEBR332:
You are correct.



Well, except for the 401 part. It's 501.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:21:54 PM EST
So it should read "501C3"? not 401C3? What are the chances the 401 part was just a typo? I dont want to post something in another forum until I have this sorted out.

Is Moveon.org listed as a 501c3?

S.O.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:23:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By tax_monster:

Originally Posted By PAEBR332:
You are correct.



Well, except for the 401 part. It's 501.



Good catch. It is rather late.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:29:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By SorryOciffer:
So it should read "501C3"? not 401C3? What are the chances the 401 part was just a typo? I dont want to post something in another forum until I have this sorted out.

Is Moveon.org listed as a 501c3?

S.O.



Moveon.org is a 527 group, just like the RNC and DNC.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 9:32:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By SorryOciffer:
So it should read "501C3"? not 401C3? What are the chances the 401 part was just a typo? I dont want to post something in another forum until I have this sorted out.

Is Moveon.org listed as a 501c3?

S.O.



Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code deals with the various types of non-profit organizations. Some non-profits can engage in political efforts, some can't. Those that wish to have donations to them be tax deductible are classified as 501(c)3 organizations, or 501(a) [I think] for churches. There are a bunch of classifications, all with different rules for different types.

For example, one of my clients, the Fraternal Order of Eagles is a 501(c)8, which is a fraternal organization. They don't pay income taxes, but donations to them are not tax deductible. There are other classifications for schools, home owners associations, benefit societies, private foundations, etc.

I doubt Moveon.org is a 501c3 since they are an advocate group. In fact, I think they are one of the new so-called "527" organizations that sprung up in the wake of the McCain-Feingold "protect the incumbents at all costs and screw the voters" bill. You can't deduct any money you give them, but they won't have to pay taxes on anything they get (income taxes anyway, they're not exempt from things like property tax, payroll taxes, etc.)

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