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Online Charitable Solicitation

Some states have gone so far as to take the position that a nonprofit that requests donations online is “soliciting” donations in their state if any resident actually accesses the site. They have even extended this position to include charities soliciting funds via a “commercial donation” site such as or, where donors can contribute online to charities that are registered with the site. Here’s a quote from The Center for Nonprofits link “This means that non-profits that solicit over the internet may be required to comply with the charitable registration and reporting requirements of as many as 39...

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Charitable Solicitation

If you solicit charitable contributions, you may need to register with the state in which you are soliciting. Forty states require registration. Religious organizations are generally exempted. Here’s the link to know all about it: Filing dates and other filing information may not be current so always check with your specific state authority. Although it is extra paperwork and may require a filing fee, the actual registration is not burdensome, and you should be able to do it yourself without having to pay someone to do it for you. Find info on your state here: However, Online solicitation: Some states...

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Choosing a Tax Preparer

From the IRS (although the thrust of this article is personal tax returns, it also applies to filing 990 returns): FS-2012-5, January 2012 If you pay someone to prepare your tax return, the IRS urges you to choose that preparer wisely. Taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. So, it is important to choose carefully when hiring an individual or firm to prepare your return. Most return preparers are professional, honest and provide excellent service to their clients. This year, the IRS wants to remind all taxpayers that they should use only...

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Deducting Charitable Contributions: Eight Essentials

Do charitable contributions figure in to your nonprofit? Of course they do, and here is information that you can pass on to your donors about those contributions. Everyone wants to do it right, and this information should be very helpful.

Deducting Charitable Contributions: Eight Essentials

IRS Tax Tip 2012-57, March 23, 2012

Donations made to qualified organizations may help reduce the amount of tax you pay.

The IRS has eight essential tips to help ensure your contributions pay off on your tax return.