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5013c for dummies 7 years 6 months ago #133162

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What to do with all the questions that we run into each and every day while we try to run normal PTO business. the advantages of the 5013c status are lost on me right now.

I wish a book was published "5013c and the PTO for dummies" we have so many questions and no place to turn.

Does PTO today have an advisor or any suggestions on getting a speaker to fill us in our rules that apply directly to PTO's day to day business functions?

I am beginning to regret becoming president just because the 5013c rules and regulations just seem to tie our hands at every turn..

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RE: 5013c for dummies 7 years 6 months ago #133164

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ptmom what kind of rules and regulations are you running into that is giving you a hard time? we are a 501 and have been for four years and never had much of a problem at all...let us know and maybe we can help...it shouldn't be that hard!
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RE: 5013c for dummies 7 years 6 months ago #133168

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I would recommend starting at www.irs.gov and search charities & nonprofits which is a link right at the top of the IRS homepage, and then also specifically search 501(c)3 . good luck!

RE: 5013c for dummies 7 years 6 months ago #133187

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pals;133164 wrote:
ptmom what kind of rules and regulations are you running into that is giving you a hard time? we are a 501 and have been for four years and never had much of a problem at all...let us know and maybe we can help...it shouldn't be that hard!


I am wondering the same thing.

For us, the 501c3 gave us a ot more freedom and license to do our thing.
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RE: 5013c for dummies 7 years 5 months ago #133275

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PTMOM: the problems we are running into has to do with recognizing people at the end of the year. We would love to give the janitors, office staff and priniciple an end of year gift and I am being told since we are non profit we can't. also helping a family in need we can't give $$ again we are non profit and the individual isn't.

any suggestion

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RE: 5013c for dummies 7 years 5 months ago #133296

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Ptmom;133275 wrote:
PTMOM: the problems we are running into has to do with recognizing people at the end of the year. We would love to give the janitors, office staff and priniciple an end of year gift and I am being told since we are non profit we can't. also helping a family in need we can't give $$ again we are non profit and the individual isn't.
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I don't know that being a 501(c)(3) would prohibit either of these things.

1) Helping a family in need. You can do this if you can tie it your mission. Most PTOs shy away from this because it's not a part of their core mission and it's getting into an area beyond their area of expertise. Deciding who to help when and how much are not easy things. However, if you build your non-profit purpose to include this type of activity and you have appropriate processes to decide who gets help, you should still be able to do this.

2) End of the year appreciation gifts. Again, there's nothing to prohibit this. Many groups have a policy not to give more than token gifts as they feel it important to reserve their funds for core functions. But doing so wouldn't necessarily invalidate your non-profit status.

Think about the big non-profits like United Way or Red Cross. They give monetary assistance to individuals all the time. But it's obviously tied to their purpose.
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