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How can one get a nonprofit stripped of 501 (c)(3) status?

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How can one get a nonprofit stripped of 501 (c)(3) status?

How can someone get a group stripped of its 501(c)(3) charity status? I am concerned about an animal shelter that does not provide basic care for the animals in its care.

The rule has been clear for many years that an individual citizen does not have legal standing to go to court to question the 501(c)(3) status of a charity.  Only the Internal Revenue Service can question or revoke such status.  You can file a complaint with the IRS, but even if the Service did conduct some sort of investigation, it is unlikely that the IRS would strip (c)(3) status because of a disagreement over the quality of care without a showing that it was totally outrageous, perhaps criminal.

You might have more impact in changing conduct by complaining to the state or local authorities in charge of oversight of the shelter.  They are much more likely to conduct an on-scene investigation to enforce local rules.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Our community's shelter is a private charity with no oversight except by the BOD. The health dept and county depts do not seem to want to take responsibility either. I suggest pouring over the IRS 990's and other financials look for red flags, tell the IRS about them. Keep pushing for transparency. WE have to make sure things are on the up & up.

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