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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?


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 16-23, 2017
A woman donated money to a church without the permission of her husband. After learning about the donation, the husband argued that he is also the owner of that money and does not agree with the donation.  He has claimed his rights as the common owner and asked the church to return the money. Does the church violate the 501(c)(3) rule if it returns the money to the couple?   Answer

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The Nonprofit Library-Suggestion of the Week

Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide: How to Keep Your Tax-Exempt Status and Avoid IRS Problems
By Stephen Fishman JD

The essential tax reference book for every nonprofit.

Nonprofits enjoy privileges not available to other organizations. But these privileges come at a price: Nonprofits must comply with special IRS rules and regulations. This book covers what your organization must do to maintain its tax-exempt status.

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