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Should officer use personal credit card for (c)(3) purchases?

 

An officer of a nonprofit uses his personal credit card to pay the organization’s bills, and then submits a voucher to be reimbursed so he can earn a 2% credit for goods purchased and keep it for his personal use. Should the officer be doing this on a regular basis?

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What do we tell winners of lottery or auction?

 

If our 501(c)(3) nonprofit has a raffle and the prize is worth more than $600, do we have to advise winner and tell the IRS of the winnings?  If we offered the same items through an auction format, and the value of each item was less, would there be an obligation to advise the highest bidder of any tax burden. We are currently raffling sports tickets that have a value of either just under or just over $600.

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Question of the Week

May 23-30, 2017
Our 501(c)(3) private foundation owns only one asset, a 7-year-old two unit, residential building. Because our membership dues are $10/year, we take in only $200 a year in donations.  Our two rental units bring in about $12,000 a month. Soon we will pay off our mortgage. Our predicament: Because of the IRS “5% rule,” we have to give away all but a few hundred dollars annually. We do not have enough kept in reserves.  We think we would like to re-incorporate, and/or do whatever, to avoid the "5% rule". We are all volunteers.  What should we do? Answer

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