I have helped several homeschool groups obtain tax exempt status with a 100% successful track record (no one has ever been denied by the IRS). One homeschool group even received their tax exempt status letter from the IRS in only three weeks! That’s amazingly fast for the IRS; it typically takes 3 months!
But recently a homeschool group in Texas e-mailed me for help. They had applied for tax exempt status as a 501c3 educational organization. I did not prepare their application, but looked over their website and they appeared to be similar to hundreds of homeschool organizations across the US. But the IRS was going to deny their application, keep their $750 application fee, bar them from applying again and claimed to be building a file to be used against other organizations like them seeking tax exempt status!
This was horrible and could have had a huge negative impact on homeschool co-ops and support groups across the US. I recommended they speak to the attorneys at Homeschool Legal Advantage. There is a time and a place to hire a lawyer and this was it!
Homeschool Legal Advantage recently e-mailed this update
As you can read they were a great help to this homeschool organization and resolved the matter quickly with the IRS.
The article mentioned the difference between 501c3 and 501c7 status and you may find that a bit confusing. Additionally, the groups use of the word ‘co-op’ confused the IRS as to their purpose. What is right for your homeschool organization? How should you present your group tpo the IRS when applying for tax exempt status?
Feel free to email me to arrange a private consultation via telephone. Each group is unique and an individual consultation will be very helpful
Carol Topp, CPA
P.S. I was so pleased to meet the attorneys with Homeschool Legal Advantage at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinati in 2009. They were so helpful in desiring to work with homeschool organizations as well as indiviual families.