Nonprofit Law/501(c)3


This is about your very helpful response to a question on 9/1/2012. (Sorry about that.) At the end you said: IRC 501(c)(3) covers only corporations, community chests, funds, and foundations. This means that some kinds of groupings can qualify and some cannot. Evidently, an individual cannot be exempt. Neither can a partnership. By the same token, a formless aggregation of individuals cannot be exempt.
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Can you explain what you meant by "cannot be exempt"? Are you saying that- regardless of whether or not- OR if the indiv. or formless agg. of indivs. have 501c3 status- OR do not have have 501c3 status- must pay taxes/report income and expenditures?

The IRS will not grant exemption status except to nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts or unincorporated nonprofit associations. The IRS Exempt Organization's section (EO) confirmed that
individuals establishing a 501(c)(3) organization receive exemption only if they formed  one of three types of entities, "8 ORG Organization Code - This code indicates whether the organization is a trust, a corporation, or an unincorporated association.

Harvey Mechanic
Attorney at Law

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 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 "" without the quotes and then add your search terms before hitting enter.


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.


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

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

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