The Myerstown Enrichment Center in PA was just granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS!
The homeschool co-op decided to apply for tax exempt status with the IRS on their own. But unfortunately they ran into some snags.
They had checked a box to apply as a school, but the IRS suggested they did not fit the description of a school.
One of their leaders wrote to me:
I have gotten several letters from the IRS requesting more information or explanations of something. Each time, my time to respond gets shorter and shorter. I am feeling very unqualified to continue.
I helped them sort things out with the IRS, wrote a letter, talked to the IRS examiner and faxed her information when asked.
We are so pleased to announce that they are now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization!
The leader told me:
Something for you to consider: mention in your seminar that co-ops are applying for 509(a)(2)* under 501 (c)(3) and then maybe those of us who are confident enough to fill out our own forms might get it right the first time.
Or, you could create a self-help packet to sell to said individuals.
* an organization that receives its income from membership fees or activities related to its purpose and not a school
The other week, the president and I were discussing this whole process and we regret that we just didn’t have you do it for us from the beginning.
Again, thank you for your help!
God bless you!
I am working on putting the final touches on that “self-help” packet mentioned; it’s an ebook titled “The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization. I hope to release it in September.
Carol Topp, CPA