Can a homeschool group just get together without having to report to the IRS?
Yes, a group of homeschool families can just gather together, but the group will be limited in their size and to dealing in cash only.
Very small homeschool groups are more like a play group or group of friends pooling their money to pay group expenses, like a field trip.
I compare it to a group of friends all going out to dinner. They each pitch in to pay the bill. These tiny groups do not file reports with the IRS. Very tiny homeschool groups can operate like this.
In this case, a group may not need an EIN or to open a checking account for the group, but they would be limited in size and limited to cash only. It’s usually when a group needs a checking account that they have dealings with the IRS, because they need an EIN to open a checking account.
I hope that helps,
Carol Topp, CPA