Friday, October 1, 2010
United Way, UB Law assist nonprofits
Business First of Buffalo – by Tracey Drury
With just weeks to go until a new federal deadline, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is partnering with the University at Buffalo School of Law to offer assistance to small nonprofit groups at risk of losing their tax-exempt status.
All nonprofit groups are required by Oct. 15 to file information with the Internal Revenue Service. In the past, small organizations with annual revenues under $25,000 were not required to file anything.
The change came with the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which required that all organizations except church groups were required to file an annual return beginning in 2007. Those that fail to file for three consecutive years would automatically lose federal tax-exempt status.
Compliance requirements vary based on the size of the organization. Some will only need to fill out a few lines of information through an e-postcard, while others will need to fill out multi-page forms.
The United Way and the law school will offer free assistance during a legal education program on Fri., Oct. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at 742 Delaware Ave. The program is designed for small groups with annual income of less than $25,000. For information, call Heidi Jones at (570) 638-2486.
As of June 30, there were about 1,400 nonprofits in the Buffalo region still listed on the IRS site for non-compliance. The list is available online at www.irs.gov/thelist.
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