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Nonprofit Law/Tax Exemptions on Phone Service


Is a 501c3 exempt from phone bill government fees and taxes?

Only if it is a certain type of nonprofit organization. Federal excise taxes and common exemptions are discussed at:

"Certain tax-free sales" is at 26 U.S.C. 4221 which has:
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(5) Nonprofit educational organization
The term "nonprofit educational organization" means an
educational organization described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
which is exempt from income tax under section 501(a). The term
also includes a school operated as an activity of an organization
described in section 501(c)(3) which is exempt from income tax
under section 501(a), if such school normally maintains a regular
faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body
of pupils or students in attendance at the place where its
educational activities are regularly carried on.
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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 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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