Congratulations to MEC on 501c3 tax exempt status!


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

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