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IRS revokes tax-exempt status of more than 100 Lawrence nonprofits

June 15, 2011

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The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of more than 100 Lawrence nonprofits who failed to file the proper paperwork for the past three years, according to recently released IRS documents.

But some of the Lawrence nonprofits on the list had valid reasons for not filing documents or had recently filed the correct forms.

For instance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County popped up on the list, but Cathy Brashler, executive director, said that’s because the organization now files its documents through the state chapter.

The Oread Neighborhood Association, on the other hand, is still on the list, even though it recently corrected the issue by filing documents, said Robert Farha, association president.

And then there’s those local groups that appear to no longer exist. A Journal-World search of a sampling of the groups failed to find recent contact information for groups such as First Place Racing Ministries or the Kansas Ferret Association.

The national list has more than 300,000 groups, and shows nearly 4,000 in Kansas.

IRS spokesman Michael Devine, said the list was released after the agency sent more than a million letters to nonprofits warning about a pending revocation of tax-exempt status. A 2006 change in the tax law mandated that all nonprofits file some sort of documentation with the IRS, so some groups that had never been required to file are now obligated to do so. Organizations that failed to file for 2007, 2008 and 2009 ended up on the list, he said.

Nonprofits on the list can still function, but losing tax-exempt status means some would be required to now pay taxes, and donors might not be able to claim deductions for funds given to such agencies, Devine said.

Comments

labmonkey 3 years, 7 months ago

Hmmm... and how many of these does your local United Way give money to?

kernal 3 years, 7 months ago

lalbmonkey, I really doubt United Way gives money to non-existing non-profit organizations.

It would be interesting to know how many of those who had their status revoked are no longer in operation.

shaunepec 3 years, 7 months ago

kernal, We made a brief attempt at trying to answer that question, but it was a nightmare trying to get confirmation that they no longer existed, though many of them seemed to be defunct.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

jayhawk0407 3 years, 7 months ago

Did anyone else notice Kansas State University on the list of the 4,000 revocations in KS?

shaunepec 3 years, 7 months ago

jayhawk0407, I suspect that it doesn't mean anything. I'm betting there's some easy explanation on KSU and Haskell.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

clovis_sangrail 3 years, 7 months ago

I doubt that anyone really cares about the ferrets or the racing ministers, but KSU and Haskell being on the list should have merited at least a phone call.

shaunepec 3 years, 7 months ago

The Haskell one is for Haskell Junior College. Name must've been on the organization list, even though that name is now defunct.

I'll look into KSU. I only looked at the one's with a Lawrence address.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

jayhawk0407 3 years, 7 months ago

While I'm sure you're correct, Shaun, it still gives me a little thrill of pleasure to see KU edging K-State, especially after this: “We’re going to keep it at 10 so the KU grads can count the number of schools in the conference.” —Kansas State president Kirk Schulz,. From the Wichita Eagle.

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

The fact that the Oread Neighborhood Association.....a recipient for years and years of City monies to handful of connected, money grubbing, selfish, specious, and unctuous people .....is on this list is not surprising.

Take a look at the girls' club that was running the ONA during this time frame and you will, over and over and over see the names of State Senator Marci Francisco; Candice Davis; and Carol Von Tersch. You will also see the names of Lawrence pediatrician Terrance Riordan and one Kyle Thompson. How was this organization able to skim money from the City when they were never doing what they were supposed to be doing? They most certainly were NOT taking care of business. Oh....let's not leave out the paid for co-ordinator during that time frame.....one Jodi Jones who was PAID....from CITY MONEY....to file the reports......

Hopefully, people will simply begin to understand that for years and years the Oread Neighborhood Association was a shell operation for a handful of wealthy people who had something to lose and everything to gain if development went down in the Oread.

Thank goodness the Oread Neighborhood Association is NOW representative of ALL interests in the Neighborhood; is working I would strongly suspect at fixing this important paper work malfeasance on the part of State Senator Francisco, Candice Davis, Carol Von Tersch, Kyle Thompson, Terrance Riordan, James Dunn and other past board members of the "old" ONA. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

Sexist. What makes you think "he" is NOT a "she". Duffus

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

I'd like to also add, "not_holroyd" , that I am a card carrying member of the Tri-Lateral group and have recently paid my dues for "C Street" membership. The tentacles of "getting paid" go far......

Also, I'd love for you to, once and for all, list all the property holdings of Wilbur. You'll find that you're a lying good for nothing who knows not from where'eth he/she speaks/posts........

MyName 3 years, 7 months ago

Yeah well you know what they say, good neighbors make good fences!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 7 months ago

"Hopefully, people will simply begin to understand that for years and years the Oread Neighborhood Association was a shell operation for a handful of wealthy people who had something to lose and everything to gain if development went down in the Oread."

This sounds more like a prediction than a history lesson.

Alceste 3 years, 7 months ago

It MAY "sound" like it....but it is the truth and fact based going back more than 20+ years.

It's hard, Boz, to "argue" with the facts.......

John Hamm 3 years, 7 months ago

Where's the easy to use list of Lawrence Non-profits? I don't want to download the entire list of 4000 to search through......

John Hamm 3 years, 7 months ago

Where's the easy to use list of Lawrence Non-profits? I don't want to download the entire list of 4000 to search through......

shaunepec 3 years, 7 months ago

Sorry about that. Hadn't noticed it was missing. Just added.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

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