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Old 07-03-2014, 04:10 AM   #1
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LXer: IRS Rejects Non-Profit Status For Open Source Organization, Because Private Companies Might Us

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Last year, as the IRS scandal blossomed over the IRS supposedly targeting "conservative" groups for extra attention concerning their non-profit status, we noted that the IRS had also been told to examine "open source software" projects more closely as well. We found that to be a bit disturbing -- and it appears that for all that focus on the scandal, the IRS hasn't quite given up on unfairly targeting open source projects. The Yorba Foundation, which makes a number of Linux apps for GNOME, has been trying to get declared a 501(c)(3) non-profit for over four years now... and just had that request rejected by the IRS for reasons that don't make any sense at all. Basically, the IRS appears to argue that because there might be some "non-charitable" uses of the software, the Foundation doesn't deserve non-profit status, which would make it exempt from certain taxes (and make donations tax deductible). Here was the key reason given:

Old 07-04-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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I am a CPA trying to renew his license. I should have it back soon.

I believe you can appeal or resubmit your application as a 501c3 for educational purposes or do both. I have left my email for you in case I can be of help. Good Luck.

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LXer is a reader bot that only provides links to stories. It's not a real person. (I don't think so anyway)

It is pretty clear the IRS does target many individuals and organizations over others. From tax audits to 501's.

The way some organizations get by rules is to split off into for profit and not for profit branches.

Death and taxes.


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