Blaze claims charity donations account for 80% of its revenues. The other 20% comes from membership subscriptions.
So in its statement, the charitable group also argues it “does not have a financial need for membership.” The IRS is currently auditing 501(c)4 non-profits for possible potential tax problems.
But if you go through IRS records and research, it seems unlikely that chari우리카지노table donations are being used to benefit a non-profit.
“It’s very rare, especially within a charitable organization to make charitable contributions in its entirety, or, in other words, a majority of the donations would not qualify as a charitable contribution to qualify for tax-free status,” said Larry Noble, who leads the nonprofit tax and accounting practice at Noble Income.
Still, charitable groups like the Blaze seem to operate with an asterisk.
A Blaze spokeswoman said the group did not report nearly 2.6 billion in revenue in 2013, less than three-quarters of which comes from donations.
The group’s donations include roughly $700 million in checks — more than one-quarter of the total for that period, with the remaining portion coming from personal checks. The donations are required to be r강원출장샵eported, which means the Blaze is supposed to be reporting more donations than it does, according to IRS rules.
The IRS can issue the charity a temporary 501(c)(3바카라 게임) status — basically a special designation with no limits, a way to raise unlimited amounts of money — but it can’t approve or tax the checks it receives, either, the agency said in a statement. The organization can still tax its donation, but only in certain years, it said.
The Blaze’s donations, however, were “not unusual” given how large its income comes from, according to Noble. There are other small non-profits that make “substantial donations to causes similar to those of the Blaze.”
“The Blaze doesn’t seem to have an extensive background,” he said.
The Blaze may have lost money last year, but there have been several other 501(c)4s with a similar philosophy, Noble said. A charity can earn millions each year by providing tax-exempt services. If charitable status is needed, he says, the charity should apply it for approval. The IRS will sometimes approve the group in cases where the donation would be too small or if there’s a substantial reason for it to not be eligible. But it must report only a tiny portion of the organization’s financials.