Reporting Fraudulent Tax Exempt “Charity” Organizations
Federal Government Internal Revenue Service
Members of the public may send information that raises questions about an exempt organization’s compliance with the Internal Revenue Code to IRS – EO Referrals, 1100 Commerce Street, MC 4910 DAL, Dallas, TX 75242. They may use Form 13909 PDF, Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form, for this purpose.
In addition to oversight by the IRS, tax-exempt organizations are subject to oversight by State charity regulators and State tax agencies. You may also want to send a copy of the referral you send to us to your state charity regulatorand/or state tax agency.IRS.gov
State of Ohio
If you suspect a violation of charitable laws is occurring, you can file a complaint by completing and submitting the online complaint form, by calling the Ohio Attorney General Help Center at 800-282-0515 or by completing the paper complaint form and submitting it via mail or email.Ohio Attorney General
State of California
The Attorney General investigates charitable organizations and fundraisers and brings administrative and legal enforcement actions against them. See the Charities home page and links on the right for more details about specific programs, laws, forms and the Registry Verification Search tool.
The Attorney General encourages the public to file complaints regarding a charity or charitable solicitation using the Complaint Form (Form CT-9) available below.
Charity Complaint Form
This form is required to file all complaints regarding charities or fundraising professionals with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.
In addition to filing a complaint with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts, consider also filing complaints with:
Better Business Bureau: (916) 443-6843
Department of Consumer Affairs: (916) 445-1254
Internal Revenue Service
Local Police DepartmentCalifornia Attorney General
It’s easy for a 501(c)(3) organization to maintain its tax exempt status – and can be just as easy to lose it.
A 501(c)(3) organization can maintain its tax-exempt status if it follows the rules affecting these six areas: private benefit/inurement, lobbying, political campaign activity, unrelated business income (UBI), annual reporting obligation, and operation in accordance with stated exempt purpose(s).
1. Private benefit / Inurement
A 501(c)(3) organization’s activities should be directed toward some exempt purpose. Its activities should not serve the private interests, or private benefit, of any individual or organization more than insubstantially.
A 501(c)(3) organization is prohibited from allowing its income or assets to benefit insiders – typically board members, officers, directors and important employees of an organization. If an organization benefits insiders, the insiders and the organization could be subject to penalty excise taxes and the organization could lose its tax-exempt status.
Lobbying is when an organization contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body (or any executive branch official who may participate in the formulation of legislation) for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or when the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation.
While a 501(c)(3) organization is allowed to do some lobbying, too much can hurt its tax-exempt status. Its lobbying activities cannot be more than an insubstantial part of its overall activities.
3. Political Activity
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.
4. Unrelated Business Income
Earning too much income generated from unrelated activities can jeopardize an organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This income comes from a regularly carried- on trade or business that is not substantially related to the organization’s exempt purpose. However, there are some modifications, exclusions and exceptions.
5. Annual reporting obligation
6. Operation in accord with stated exempt purpose(s)
An organization must pursue the exempt activities it promised in its IRS application for exemption. If an organization has deviated from its original purposes, it must inform the IRS to prevent future problems.
Original exempt activities promised in IRS application:
- Donation of used computers
- Operating an internet accessible database of donations
- Traveling to Jamaica to teach kids about computer
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