Which organizations really are non-profit and can prove it?

There are a number of organizations that claim they are non-profit organizations … and overwhelmingly, they are. These organizations have met the qualifying stipulations and terms specified by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS requires these stipulations and makes the filing information public so that consumers can see that the organization they are considering supporting financially has legitimately registered as a non-profit organization.

Click here to be directed to a link to the organizations in Columbia that are non-profit organizations that are “tax-exempt organizations that are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.”

Non-profit organizations are required to file an IRS Form 990 each year; the Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization’s mission, programs, and finances.

” … tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.”

Click here to be directed to a link showing the organizations in Columbia that have filed the Form 990-N.

From time to time, “the federal tax exemption of each organization may have been automatically revoked for its failure to file a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years.” Click here to be directed to a link showing organizations that have had their non-profit status revoked.

“The revocation date for each organization is historical; it reflects an organization’s effective date of automatic revocation for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years, but not necessarily its current tax-exempt or non-exempt status. The organization may have applied to the IRS for recognition of exemption and been recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt after its effective date of automatic revocation.

Additionally, the IRS database which is updated and “extracted monthly from the Business Master File at the IRS Martinsburg Computing Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia,” contains spreadsheet files for each of the (now) 1,560,339 non-profit organizations in the nation. These files have been updated through March 12, 2012. Click here to be directed to a link to the page containing the spreadsheet files. Once at the page, scroll down to find the files for Pennsylvania’s recognized non-profit organizations. Each of the three files can be downloaded.

The files provides information to organizations and individuals who desire information on exempt organizations from the Internal Revenue Service’s Business Master File (BMF).

All exempt organization records on each file will contain numerous data fields including the following data fields:

  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Primary Name
  • “In Care of” Name, if present
  • Address of the Organization
  • Tax Period
  • Accounting Period
  • Asset Amount
  • Income Amount
  • 990 Revenue Amount

We wonder why at least one organization has been claiming non-profit status for more than a year does not appear on the IRS database. Perhaps the organization’s director can shed some light on this?

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