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Recently and suddenly, our gymnastics club was closed without any notice to the coaches, team and class members. We currently have an active booster club and we are wondering if there is a specific timeline that we need to dissolve the club and distribute the remaining funds. Some members of our team are competing at the end of June in the World competition and we are wondering if we could distribute the funds towards the rental coach cost and/or lodging fees if the members vote accordingly, or if we could use the funds to pay for gymnastics camp that will be occurring in the beginning of July at the club most of our girls will be joining?
Thank you for your time

There is no specific time within which the booster organization must dissolve and, unless it has a contract with any parties specifying what it is require to use its funds for, then it may use its funds for grants for any charitable, religious or educational activities.

If your are referring to supporting youth activities, as it appears that you are, the booster organization may pay any bills that are reasonably beneficial and necessary for the youth.

The IRS rule for what nonprofits may spend money on is similar to
the standard that the IRS uses when determining what is a valid
business expense for an ordinary business. For example, at the IRS refers
extensively to the regular business expense rules and applies them
to 501(c)(3) organizations. On page 32 we see "Reimbursements are
technically covered by Regs. 1.62-2.  However, for administrative
purposes, all TE/GE [Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division]
administrative personnel will treat reimbursements of a business
expense the same as if the expense were paid directly by the
employer, as long as the employee complies with the substantiation
See also: "Business Expenses"
on page 3, under "What Can I Deduct":
--start of excerpt  ---
To be deductible, a business expense must be
both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary ex-
pense is one that is common and accepted in
your industry. A necessary expense is one that
is helpful and appropriate for your trade or busi-
ness. An expense does not have to be indispen-
sable to be considered necessary.
--end of excerpt  ---

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. For me to consider your individual situation and how the law applies, I would need to gather more information.

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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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