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We just recently formed our volleyball booster club and we are unclear as to the rules of "direct benefit" to the athletes. Our varsity team is headed to the playoffs and the booster club would like to provide a box lunch (dinner)and water & Gatorade at no cost to them.  Is this acceptable or are we breaking the rules?  We also wanted to provide a playoff shirt at no cost to them but decided to have them pay for their own shirt at cost.
Thanks for any advice.

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Generally a box lunch is considered acceptable as even colleges provide training tables for the athletes.  T-shirts that may be used for purposes other than when the players are training (or in a meet) would, however, be considered an item of personal benefit.

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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 Harvey108@hotmail.com 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 "site:allexperts.com/q/nonprofit" 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.

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B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.


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