Foo - are tax returns / financial records from a 501 (c) public?
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08-13-08, 08:14 PM
title pretty much says it all.
I'm trying to do a little research to satisfy an itch I have about a nonprofit organization.
Are the tax returns and financial documents public of a 501(c)? I assume I just file a FOIA to obtain them.
More specifically, its a 501 (c)6 organization (business league/professional organization)
Who do I file a FOIA to? the organization or to the IRS?
08-14-08, 12:28 AM
organization is who the FOIA would go to. However, not all information can be FOIA'd
08-18-08, 10:02 PM
anyone else got any help/suggestions?
08-18-08, 10:04 PM
If its a publicly traded company then the info is public. Otherwise its no less invasive a search than
you trying to get your next door neighbor's return just because you are curious.
You could just ask the finance officer of the organization. I belong to two organizations this would apply to, and our policy on both is that if someone asks, our finance officers (or equivalent) will be happy to take an appointment and review the records with the person inquiring.
08-19-08, 11:05 AM
501c3's have to register with the state they are located in - search that state's web site for the appropriate department, and you might find what you're looking for.... In WV, it's the Secretary of State's office, and you can download the annual statement & financials.
08-19-08, 04:56 PM
Check for them at www.guidestar.org You have to register but its free. I found local 501(c)(6) form 990's (non profit tax returns) on the site.
08-19-08, 07:05 PM
I found 501c3 for the NP I work for. The newest is 2006 -- Any ideas where to find 2007?
08-19-08, 09:42 PM
You don’t need a FOIA request for a 501 c 3. Just call or write and ask. A 501 c 3 has to make copies of their 1023 and annual IRS 990’s available to the public on request. A lot of them will put the 990’s on their websites so they don’t have to deal with requests. They don’t have to disclose 990 schedule B (the list of their contributors)
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