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QUESTION: How can I obtain a list of contributors to a public charity?

ANSWER: If a nonprofit has received IRS exemption determination or files annual returns (Form 990) with the IRS it has an obligation to provide anyone with certain copies. See FAQs About the Exempt
Organization Public Disclosure Requirements
http://goo.gl/CjGc3

The exempt organization is required, upon request to provide copies of the Form 990 with all schedules that it filed with the IRS
http://goo.gl/bGdpv

However, as you can see on that page, "With the exception of private foundations, an exempt organization is not required to disclose the name and address of any contributor to the organization."

Therefore, you may ask the public charity for a list of its contributors, but they are not required under federal law to provide that to you. I have in my profile that this free forum is only for general questions relating to IRS federal exemption issues of 501(c)(3) organizations. However, I will inform you that I have never seen any state that requires that public charities disclose the list of its contributors.

Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law -
Harvey108@hotmail.com

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.    



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QUESTION: Hi Harvey,

How can I obtain a list of the expenditures, such as contract work, etc., of a public charity?

Thanks,
Dave R.

ANSWER: If you are not a voting member of the organization, then you would only have access, under federal law to the Form 990.
http://goo.gl/CjGc3

That would have some of the information that you want (for the larger contracts).

Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law -
Harvey108@hotmail.com

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.    


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QUESTION: How much can I receive in reward money,from the IRS, for reporting tax fraud by a 501c3?

Thanks Harvey,
Dave R.

Answer
If the IRS actually collects taxes on the basis of your report, they state that they will give you something as a reward
http://www.taxwhistleblowers.org/main/page.php?page_id=1

Specifically go down to "…have information and want to claim a reward
Use Form 211" at
http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/How-Do-You-Report-Suspected-Tax-Fraud-Activity%3F

Harvey Mechanic, Attorney at Law - Harvey108@hotmail.com

P.S. This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.  

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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.

Education/Credentials

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

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


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