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LETTER: Be aware of tax status of non-profits

Dear donors,

Recently, there have been several letters and articles concerning local not-for-profits in the Skaneateles area. Please be an aware donor when making donations of cash/checks/stock to any not-for-profit.

Fourteen 501c(3) organizations with Skaneateles mailing addresses have had their tax exempt status revoked by the IRS, so your donation is not tax deductible when filing your 1040. These organizations have not filed the required tax form 990 for their organizations’ financial activity or have other unresolved issues with the IRS.

To check the status of any organization go to irs.gov. In the search box type: “charities revoked.” On the next page click on “Exempt Organizations Select Check.” On the next page, Click on the square labeled “Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool.” On the final page, click on the circle titled “Were Automatically Revoked.” If you just type in the city, state and zip code (Skaneateles, NY, 13152) all 14 revoked organizations will appear on the next screen.

Donation dollars are very important to our local 501c(3)not-for-profits, so please educate yourself and keep our local organizations in mind when making your year-end tax deductible donations.

Betsy Foote

Skaneateles

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