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File 2006 taxes online free 4. File 2006 taxes online free   Other Section 501(c) Organizations Table of Contents Introduction 501(c)(4) - Civic Leagues and Social Welfare OrganizationsSpecific Organizations 501(c)(5) - Labor, Agricultural and Horticultural OrganizationsLabor Organizations Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations 501(c)(6) - Business Leagues, etc. File 2006 taxes online free Line of business. File 2006 taxes online free Examples. File 2006 taxes online free Improvement of business conditions. File 2006 taxes online free Exception for local legislation. File 2006 taxes online free De minimis exception. File 2006 taxes online free Grass roots lobbying. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(7) - Social and Recreation ClubsLimited membership. File 2006 taxes online free Support. File 2006 taxes online free Facilities open to public. File 2006 taxes online free Gross receipts from nonmembership sources. File 2006 taxes online free Gross receipts. File 2006 taxes online free Nontraditional activities. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(8) and 501(c)(10) - Fraternal Beneficiary Societies and Domestic Fraternal SocietiesFraternal Beneficiary Societies (501(c)(8)) Domestic Fraternal Societies (501(c)(10)) 501(c)(4), 501(c)(9), and 501(c)(17) - Employees' AssociationsLocal Employees' Associations (501(c)(4)) Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Associations (501(c)(9)) Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Trusts (501(c)(17)) 501(c)(12) - Local Benevolent Life Insurance Associations, Mutual Irrigation and Telephone Companies, and Like OrganizationsMembership. File 2006 taxes online free Losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free Distributions of proceeds. File 2006 taxes online free The 85% Requirement Local Life Insurance Associations Mutual or Cooperative Associations 501(c)(13) - Cemetery CompaniesBuying cemetery property. File 2006 taxes online free Perpetual care organization. File 2006 taxes online free Care of individual plots. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(14) - Credit Unions and Other Mutual Financial OrganizationsState-Chartered Credit Unions Other Mutual Financial Organizations 501(c)(19) - Veterans' Organizations 501(c)(20) - Group Legal Services Plan Organizations 501(c)(21) - Black Lung Benefit TrustsExcise taxes. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(2) - Title-Holding Corporations for Single Parent CorporationsExpenses. File 2006 taxes online free Waiver of payment of income. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(25) - Title-Holding Corporations or Trusts for Multiple Parent CorporationsUnrelated Business Income 501(c)(26) - State-Sponsored High-Risk Health Coverage Organizations 501(c)(27) - Qualified State-Sponsored Workers' Compensation Organizations 501(c)(29) - CO-OP Health Insurance Issuers New Guidance for IRC 501(c)(29) Qualified Nonprofit Health Insurance Issuers General Requirements for Exemption under 501(c)(29) and Annual Filing Requirement Additional Guidance for Prospective 501(c)(29) Organizations Introduction This chapter contains specific information for certain organizations described in section 501(c), other than those organizations that are described in section 501(c)(3). File 2006 taxes online free Section 501(c)(3) organizations are covered in chapter 3 of this publication. File 2006 taxes online free The Table of Contents at the beginning of this publication, as well as the Organization Reference Chart, may help you locate at a glance the type of organization discussed in this chapter. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(4) - Civic Leagues and Social Welfare Organizations If your organization is not organized for profit and will be operated primarily to promote social welfare to benefit the community, you should file Form 1024 to apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4). File 2006 taxes online free The discussion that follows describes the information you must provide when applying. File 2006 taxes online free For application procedures, see chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free To qualify for exemption under section 501(c)(4), the organization's net earnings must be devoted primarily to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. File 2006 taxes online free In addition, no part of the organization's net earnings can inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. File 2006 taxes online free If the organization provides an excess benefit to certain persons, an excise tax may be imposed. File 2006 taxes online free See Excise tax on excess benefit transactions , under Excess Benefit Transactions in chapter 5 for more information about this tax. File 2006 taxes online free Examples. File 2006 taxes online free   Types of organizations that are considered to be social welfare organizations are civic associations and volunteer fire companies. File 2006 taxes online free Nonprofit operation. File 2006 taxes online free   You must submit evidence that your organization is organized and will be operated on a nonprofit basis. File 2006 taxes online free However, such evidence, including the fact that your organization is organized under a state law relating to nonprofit corporations, will not in itself establish a social welfare purpose. File 2006 taxes online free Social welfare. File 2006 taxes online free   To establish that your organization is organized primarily to promote social welfare, you should submit evidence with your application showing that your organization will operate primarily to further (in some way) the common good and general welfare of the people of the community (such as by bringing about civic betterment and social improvements). File 2006 taxes online free   An organization that restricts the use of its facilities to employees of selected corporations and their guests is primarily benefiting a private group rather than the community. File 2006 taxes online free It therefore does not qualify as a section 501(c)(4) organization. File 2006 taxes online free Similarly, an organization formed to represent member-tenants of an apartment complex does not qualify, since its activities benefit the member-tenants and not all tenants in the community. File 2006 taxes online free However, an organization formed to promote the legal rights of all tenants in a particular community may qualify under section 501(c)(4) as a social welfare organization. File 2006 taxes online free Political activity. File 2006 taxes online free   Promoting social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. File 2006 taxes online free However, if you submit proof that your organization is organized primarily to promote social welfare, it can obtain exemption even if it participates legally in some political activity on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. File 2006 taxes online free See the discussion in chapter 2 under Political Organization Income Tax Return . File 2006 taxes online free Social or recreational activity. File 2006 taxes online free   If social activities will be the primary purpose of your organization, you should not file an application for exemption as a social welfare organization but should file for exemption as a social club described in section 501(c)(7). File 2006 taxes online free Retirement benefit program. File 2006 taxes online free   An organization established by its members that has as its primary activity providing supplemental retirement benefits to its members or death benefits to their beneficiaries does not qualify as an exempt social welfare organization. File 2006 taxes online free It may qualify under another paragraph of section 501(c) depending on all the facts. File 2006 taxes online free   However, a nonprofit association that is established, maintained, and funded by a local government to provide the only retirement benefits to a class of employees may qualify as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4). File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Donations to volunteer fire companies are deductible on the donor's federal income tax return, but only if made for exclusively public purposes. File 2006 taxes online free Contributions to civic leagues or other section 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. File 2006 taxes online free They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer's business. File 2006 taxes online free However, see Deduction not allowed for dues used for political or legislative activities , under 501(c)(6) - Business Leagues, etc. File 2006 taxes online free for more information. File 2006 taxes online free For more information on social welfare organizations, see Life Cycle of a Social Welfare Organization at IRS. File 2006 taxes online free gov. File 2006 taxes online free Specific Organizations The following information should be contained in the application form and accompanying statements of certain types of civic leagues or social welfare organizations. File 2006 taxes online free Volunteer fire companies. File 2006 taxes online free   If your organization wishes to obtain exemption as a volunteer fire company or similar organization, you should submit evidence that its members are actively engaged in fire fighting and similar disaster assistance, whether it actually owns the fire fighting equipment, and whether it provides any assistance for its members, such as death and medical benefits in case of injury to them. File 2006 taxes online free   If your organization does not have an independent social purpose, such as providing recreational facilities for members, it may be exempt under section 501(c)(3). File 2006 taxes online free In this event, your organization should file Form 1023. File 2006 taxes online free Homeowners' associations. File 2006 taxes online free   A membership organization formed by a real estate developer to own and maintain common green areas, streets, and sidewalks and to enforce covenants to preserve the appearance of the development should show that it is operated for the benefit of all the residents of the community. File 2006 taxes online free The term community generally refers to a geographical unit recognizable as a governmental subdivision, unit, or district thereof. File 2006 taxes online free Whether a particular association meets the requirement of benefiting a community depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. File 2006 taxes online free Even if an area represented by an association is not a community, the association can still qualify for exemption if its activities benefit a community. File 2006 taxes online free   The association should submit evidence that areas such as roadways and park land that it owns and maintains are open to the general public and not just its own members. File 2006 taxes online free It also must show that it does not engage in exterior maintenance of private homes. File 2006 taxes online free   A homeowners' association that is not exempt under section 501(c)(4) and that is a condominium management association, a residential real estate management association, or a timeshare association generally can elect under the provisions of section 528 to receive certain tax benefits that, in effect, permit it to exclude its exempt function income from its gross income. File 2006 taxes online free Other organizations. File 2006 taxes online free   Other nonprofit organizations that qualify as social welfare organizations include: An organization operating an airport that is on land owned by a local government, which supervises the airport's operation, and that serves the general public in an area with no other airport, A community association that works to improve public services, housing, and residential parking; publishes a free community newspaper; sponsors a community sports league, holiday programs, and meetings; and contracts with a private security service to patrol the community, A community association devoted to preserving the community's traditions, architecture, and appearance by representing it before the local legislature and administrative agencies in zoning, traffic, and parking matters, An organization that tries to encourage industrial development and relieve unemployment in an area by making loans to businesses so they will relocate to the area, and An organization that holds an annual festival of regional customs and traditions. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(5) - Labor, Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations If you are a member of an organization that wants to obtain recognition of exemption from federal income tax as a labor, agricultural, or horticultural organization, you should submit an application on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free You must indicate in your application for exemption and accompanying statements that no part of the organization's net earnings will inure to the benefit of any member. File 2006 taxes online free In addition, you should follow the procedure for obtaining recognition of exempt status described in chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free Submit any additional information that may be required, as described in this section. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Contributions to labor, agricultural, and horticultural organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. File 2006 taxes online free However, such payments may be deductible as business expenses if they are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer's trade or business. File 2006 taxes online free For more information about certain limits affecting the deductibility of these business expenses, see Deduction not allowed for dues used for political or legislative activities , under 501(c)(6) - Business Leagues, etc. File 2006 taxes online free Labor Organizations A labor organization is an association of workers who have combined to protect and promote the interests of the members by bargaining collectively with their employers to secure better working conditions. File 2006 taxes online free To show that your organization has the purpose of a labor organization, you should include in the articles of organization or accompanying statements (submitted with your exemption application) information establishing that the organization is organized to better the conditions of workers, improve the grade of their products, and develop a higher degree of efficiency in their respective occupations. File 2006 taxes online free In addition, no net earnings of the organization can inure to the benefit of any member. File 2006 taxes online free Composition of membership. File 2006 taxes online free   While a labor organization generally is composed of employees or representatives of the employees (in the form of collective bargaining agents) and similar employee groups, evidence that an organization's membership consists mainly of workers does not in itself indicate an exempt purpose. File 2006 taxes online free You must show in your application that your organization has the purposes described in the preceding paragraph. File 2006 taxes online free These purposes can be accomplished by a single labor organization acting alone or by several organizations acting together through a separate organization. File 2006 taxes online free Benefits to members. File 2006 taxes online free   The payment by a labor organization of death, sick, accident, and similar benefits to its individual members with funds contributed by its members, if made under a plan to better the conditions of the members, does not preclude exemption as a labor organization. File 2006 taxes online free However, an organization does not qualify for exemption as a labor organization if it has no authority to represent members in job-related matters, even if it provides weekly income to its members in the event of a lawful strike by the members' union, in return for an annual payment by the member. File 2006 taxes online free   For more information on labor organizations, see Life Cycle of a Labor Organization at IRS. File 2006 taxes online free gov. File 2006 taxes online free Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Agricultural and horticultural organizations are connected with raising livestock, forestry, cultivating land, raising and harvesting crops or aquatic resources, cultivating useful or ornamental plants, and similar pursuits. File 2006 taxes online free For the purpose of these provisions, aquatic resources include only animal or vegetable life, but not mineral resources. File 2006 taxes online free The term harvesting, in this case, includes fishing and related pursuits. File 2006 taxes online free Agricultural organizations can be quasi-public in character and are often designed to encourage the development of better agricultural and horticultural products through a system of awards, using income from entry fees, gate receipts, and donations to meet the necessary expenses of upkeep and operation. File 2006 taxes online free When the activities are directed toward the improvement of marketing or other business conditions in one or more lines of business, rather than the improvement of production techniques or the betterment of the conditions of persons engaged in agriculture, the organization must qualify for exemption as a business league, board of trade, or other organization, as discussed next in the section on 501(c)(6) organizations. File 2006 taxes online free The primary purpose of exempt agricultural and horticultural organizations must be to better the conditions of those engaged in agriculture or horticulture, develop more efficiency in agriculture or horticulture, or improve the products. File 2006 taxes online free The following list contains some examples of activities that show an agricultural or horticultural purpose. File 2006 taxes online free Promoting various cooperative agricultural, horticultural, and civic activities among rural residents by a state, farm, or home bureau. File 2006 taxes online free Exhibiting livestock, farm products, and other characteristic features of agriculture and horticulture. File 2006 taxes online free Testing soil for members and nonmembers of the farm bureau on a cost basis, the results of the tests and other recommendations being furnished to the community members to educate them in soil treatment. File 2006 taxes online free Guarding the purity of a specific breed of livestock. File 2006 taxes online free Encouraging improvements in the production of fish on privately owned fish farms. File 2006 taxes online free Negotiating with processors for the price to be paid to members for their crops. File 2006 taxes online free For more information on agricultural or horticultural organizations, see Life Cycle of an Agricultural or Horticultural Organization at IRS. File 2006 taxes online free gov. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(6) - Business Leagues, etc. File 2006 taxes online free If your association wants to apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax as a nonprofit business league, chamber of commerce, real estate board, or board of trade, it should file Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free For a discussion of the procedure to follow, see chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free Your organization must indicate in its application form and attached statements that no part of its net earnings will inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and that it is not organized for profit or organized to engage in an activity ordinarily carried on for profit (even if the business is operated on a cooperative basis or produces only sufficient income to be self-sustaining). File 2006 taxes online free In addition, your organization must be primarily engaged in activities or functions that are the basis for its exemption. File 2006 taxes online free It must be primarily supported by membership dues and other income from activities substantially related to its exempt purpose. File 2006 taxes online free A business league, in general, is an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote that common interest and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit. File 2006 taxes online free Trade associations and professional associations are considered business leagues. File 2006 taxes online free Chamber of commerce. File 2006 taxes online free   A chamber of commerce usually is composed of the merchants and traders of a city. File 2006 taxes online free Board of trade. File 2006 taxes online free   A board of trade often consists of persons engaged in similar lines of business. File 2006 taxes online free For example, a nonprofit organization formed to regulate the sale of a specified agricultural commodity to assure equal treatment of producers, warehouse workers, and buyers is a board of trade. File 2006 taxes online free   Chambers of commerce and boards of trade usually promote the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises in a given trade community. File 2006 taxes online free Real estate board. File 2006 taxes online free   A real estate board consists of members interested in improving the business conditions in the real estate field. File 2006 taxes online free It is not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. File 2006 taxes online free Professional football leagues. File 2006 taxes online free   The Internal Revenue Code specifically defines professional football leagues as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(6). File 2006 taxes online free They are exempt whether or not they administer a pension fund for football players. File 2006 taxes online free General purpose. File 2006 taxes online free   You must indicate in the material submitted with your application that your organization will be devoted to the improvement of business conditions of one or more lines of business as distinguished from the performance of particular services for individual persons. File 2006 taxes online free It must be shown that the conditions of a particular trade or the interests of the community will be advanced. File 2006 taxes online free Merely indicating the name of the organization or the object of the local statute under which it is created is not enough to demonstrate the required general purpose. File 2006 taxes online free Line of business. File 2006 taxes online free   This term generally refers either to an entire industry or to all components of an industry within a geographic area. File 2006 taxes online free It does not include a group composed of businesses that market a particular brand within an industry. File 2006 taxes online free Common business interest. File 2006 taxes online free   A common business interest of all members of the organization must be established by the application documents. File 2006 taxes online free Examples. 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File 2006 taxes online free   Generally, this must be shown to be the purpose of the organization. File 2006 taxes online free This is not established by evidence of particular services that provide a convenience or economy to individual members in their businesses, such as advertising that carries the name of members, interest-free loans, assigning exclusive franchise areas, operation of a real estate multiple listing system, or operation of a credit reporting agency. File 2006 taxes online free Stock or commodity exchange. File 2006 taxes online free   A stock or commodity exchange is not a business league, chamber of commerce, real estate board, or board of trade and is not exempt under section 501(c)(6). File 2006 taxes online free Legislative activity. File 2006 taxes online free   An organization that is exempt under section 501(c)(6) can work for the enactment of laws to advance the common business interests of the organization's members. File 2006 taxes online free Deduction not allowed for dues used for political or legislative activities. File 2006 taxes online free   A taxpayer cannot deduct the part of dues or other payments to a business league, trade association, labor union, or similar organization that is reported to the taxpayer by the organization as having been used for any of the following activities. File 2006 taxes online free Influencing legislation. File 2006 taxes online free Participating or intervening in a political campaign for, or against, any candidate for public office. File 2006 taxes online free Trying to influence the general public, or part of the general public, with respect to elections, legislative matters, or referendums (also known as grass roots lobbying). File 2006 taxes online free Communicating directly with certain executive branch officials to try to influence their official actions or positions. File 2006 taxes online free See Dues Used for Lobbying or Political Activities under Required Disclosures in chapter 2 for more information. File 2006 taxes online free Exception for local legislation. File 2006 taxes online free   Members can deduct dues (or assessments) to an organization that are for expenses of: Appearing before, submitting statements to, or sending communications to members of a local council or similar governing body with respect to legislation or proposed legislation of direct interest to the member, or Communicating information between the member and the organization with respect to local legislation or proposed legislation of direct interest to the organization or the member. File 2006 taxes online free Legislation or proposed legislation is of direct interest to a taxpayer if it will, or can reasonably be expected to, affect the taxpayer's trade or business. File 2006 taxes online free De minimis exception. File 2006 taxes online free   In-house expenditures of $2,000 or less for the year for activities (1) – (4) listed earlier will not prevent a deduction for dues if the dues meet all other tests to be deductible as a business expense. File 2006 taxes online free Grass roots lobbying. File 2006 taxes online free   A tax-exempt trade association, labor union, or similar organization is considered to be engaging in grass roots lobbying if it contacts prospective members or calls upon its own members to contact their employees and customers for the purpose of urging such persons to communicate with their elected state or Congressional representatives to support the promotion, defeat, or repeal of legislation that is of direct interest to the organization. File 2006 taxes online free Any dues or assessments directly related to such activities are not deductible by the taxpayer, since the individuals being contacted, who are not members of the organization, are a segment of the general public. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Contributions to organizations described in this section are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. File 2006 taxes online free They may be deductible as trade or business expenses if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer's business. File 2006 taxes online free   For more information on business leagues, see Life Cycle of a Business League (Trade Association) on IRS. File 2006 taxes online free gov. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(7) - Social and Recreation Clubs If your club is organized for pleasure, recreation, and other similar nonprofitable purposes and substantially all of its activities are for these purposes, it should file Form 1024 to apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax. File 2006 taxes online free In applying for recognition of exemption, you should submit the information described in this section. File 2006 taxes online free Also see chapter 1 for the procedures to follow. File 2006 taxes online free Typical organizations that should file for recognition of exemption as social clubs include: College alumni associations that are not described in chapter 3 under Alumni association , College fraternities or sororities operating chapter houses for students, Country clubs, Amateur hunting, fishing, tennis, swimming, and other sport clubs, Dinner clubs that provide a meeting place, library, and dining room for members, Hobby clubs, Garden clubs, and Variety clubs. File 2006 taxes online free Discrimination prohibited. File 2006 taxes online free   Your organization will not be recognized as tax exempt if its charter, bylaws, or other governing instrument, or any written policy statement provides for discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, or religion. 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File 2006 taxes online free For purposes of this requirement, it is not necessary that net earnings be actually distributed. File 2006 taxes online free Even undistributed earnings can benefit members. File 2006 taxes online free Examples of this include a decrease in membership dues or an increase in the services the club provides to its members without a corresponding increase in dues or other fees paid for club support. File 2006 taxes online free However, fixed-fee payments to members who bring new members into the club are not an inurement of the club's net earnings, if the payments are reasonable compensation for performance of a necessary administrative service. File 2006 taxes online free Purposes. File 2006 taxes online free   To show that your organization possesses the characteristics of a club within the meaning of the exemption law, you should submit evidence with your application that personal contact, commingling, and fellowship exist among members. File 2006 taxes online free You must show that members are bound together by a common objective of pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes. File 2006 taxes online free   Fellowship need not be present between each member and every other member of a club if it is a material part in the life of the organization. File 2006 taxes online free A statewide or nationwide organization that is made up of individual members, but is divided into local groups, satisfies this requirement if fellowship is a material part of the life of each local group. File 2006 taxes online free   The term other nonprofitable purposes means other purposes similar to pleasure and recreation. File 2006 taxes online free For example, a club that, in addition to its social activities, has a plan for the payment of sick and death benefits is not operating exclusively for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes. File 2006 taxes online free Limited membership. 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File 2006 taxes online free   If your club will engage in business, such as selling real estate, timber, or other products or services, it generally will be denied exemption. File 2006 taxes online free However, evidence submitted with your application form that your organization will provide meals, refreshments, or services related to its exempt purposes only to its own members or their dependents or guests will not cause denial of exemption. File 2006 taxes online free Facilities open to public. File 2006 taxes online free   Evidence that your club's facilities will be open to the general public (persons other than members or their dependents or guests) may cause denial of exemption. File 2006 taxes online free This does not mean, however, that any dealing with outsiders will automatically deprive a club of exemption. File 2006 taxes online free Gross receipts from nonmembership sources. 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File 2006 taxes online free   Gross receipts, for this purpose, are receipts from the normal and usual (traditionally conducted) activities of the club. File 2006 taxes online free These receipts include charges, admissions, membership fees, dues, assessments, investment income, and normal recurring capital gains on investments. File 2006 taxes online free Receipts do not include initiation fees and capital contributions. File 2006 taxes online free Unusual amounts of income, such as from the sale of a clubhouse or similar facility, are not included in gross receipts or in figuring the percentage limits. File 2006 taxes online free Nontraditional activities. File 2006 taxes online free   Activities conducted by a social club need to further its exempt purposes. File 2006 taxes online free Traditional business activities are those that further a social club's exempt purposes. File 2006 taxes online free Nontraditional business activities do not further the exempt purposes of a social club even if conducted solely on a membership basis. File 2006 taxes online free Nontraditional business activities are prohibited (subject to an insubstantial, trivial, and nonrecurrent test) for businesses conducted with both members and nonmembers. File 2006 taxes online free Examples of nontraditional business activities include sale of package liquor, take-out food, and long-term room rental. File 2006 taxes online free Fraternity foundations. File 2006 taxes online free   If your organization is a foundation formed for the exclusive purpose of acquiring and leasing a chapter house to a local fraternity chapter or sorority chapter maintained at an educational institution and does not engage in any social or recreational activities, it may be a title holding corporation (discussed later under section 501(c)(2) organizations and under section 501(c)(25) organizations) rather than a social club. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Donations to exempt social and recreation clubs are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(8) and 501(c)(10) - Fraternal Beneficiary Societies and Domestic Fraternal Societies This section describes the information to be provided upon application for recognition of exemption by two types of fraternal societies: beneficiary and domestic. File 2006 taxes online free The major distinction is that fraternal beneficiary societies provide for the payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to their members or their dependents, while domestic fraternal societies do not provide these benefits but rather devote their earnings to fraternal, religious, charitable, etc. File 2006 taxes online free , purposes. File 2006 taxes online free The procedures to follow in applying for recognition of exemption are described in chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free If your organization is controlled by a central organization, you should check with your controlling organization to determine whether your unit has been included in a group exemption letter or can be added. File 2006 taxes online free If so, your organization need not apply for individual recognition of exemption. File 2006 taxes online free For more information, see Group Exemption Letter in chapter 1 of this publication. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Donations by an individual to a domestic fraternal beneficiary society or a domestic fraternal society operating under the lodge system are deductible as charitable contributions only if used exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. File 2006 taxes online free Fraternal Beneficiary Societies (501(c)(8)) A fraternal beneficiary society, order, or association must file an application for recognition of exemption from federal income tax on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The application and accompanying statements should establish that the organization: Is a fraternal organization, Operates under the lodge system or for the exclusive benefit of the members of a fraternal organization itself operating under the lodge system, and Provides for the payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to the members of the society, order, or association or their dependents. File 2006 taxes online free Lodge system. File 2006 taxes online free   Operating under the lodge system means carrying on activities under a form of organization that comprises local branches, chartered by a parent organization and largely self-governing, called lodges, chapters, or the like. File 2006 taxes online free Payment of benefits. File 2006 taxes online free   It is not essential that every member be covered by the society's program of sick, accident, or death benefits. File 2006 taxes online free An organization can qualify for exemption if most of its members are eligible for benefits, and the benefits are paid from contributions or dues paid by those members. File 2006 taxes online free   The benefits must be limited to members and their dependents. File 2006 taxes online free If members will have the ability to confer benefits to other than themselves and their dependents, exemption will not be recognized. File 2006 taxes online free Whole-life insurance. File 2006 taxes online free   Whole-life insurance constitutes a life benefit under section 501(c)(8) even though the policy may contain investment features such as a cash surrender value or a policy loan. File 2006 taxes online free Reinsurance pool. File 2006 taxes online free   Payments by a fraternal beneficiary society into a state-sponsored reinsurance pool that protects participating insurers against excessive losses on major medical health and accident insurance will not preclude exemption as a fraternal beneficiary society. File 2006 taxes online free Domestic Fraternal Societies (501(c)(10)) A domestic fraternal society, order, or association must file an application for recognition of exemption from federal income tax on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The application and accompanying statements should establish that the organization: Is a domestic fraternal organization organized in the U. File 2006 taxes online free S. File 2006 taxes online free , Operates under the lodge system, Devotes its net earnings exclusively to religious, charitable, scientific, literary, educational, and fraternal purposes, and Does not provide for the payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to its members. File 2006 taxes online free The organization can arrange with insurance companies to provide optional insurance to its members without jeopardizing its exempt status. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(4), 501(c)(9), and 501(c)(17) - Employees' Associations This section describes the information to be provided upon application for recognition of exemption by the following types of employees' associations: A voluntary employees' beneficiary association (including federal employees' associations) organized to pay life, sick, accident, and similar benefits to members or their dependents, or designated beneficiaries, if no part of the net earnings of the association inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, and A supplemental unemployment benefit trust whose primary purpose is providing for payment of supplemental unemployment benefits. File 2006 taxes online free Both the application form to file and the information to provide are discussed later under the section that describes your employee association. File 2006 taxes online free Chapter 1 describes the procedures to follow in applying for exemption. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Donations to these organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. File 2006 taxes online free Local Employees' Associations (501(c)(4)) A local association of employees whose membership is limited to employees of a designated person or persons in a particular municipality, and whose income will be devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. File 2006 taxes online free A local employees' association must apply for recognition of exemption by filing Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The organization must submit evidence that: It is of a purely local character, Its membership is limited to employees of a designated person or persons in a particular locality, and Its net earnings will be devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. File 2006 taxes online free A local association of employees that has established a system of paying retirement or death benefits, or both, to its members will not qualify for exemption since the payment of these benefits is not considered as being for charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. File 2006 taxes online free Similarly, a local association of employees that is operated primarily as a cooperative buying service for its members in order to obtain discount prices on merchandise, services, and activities does not qualify for exemption. File 2006 taxes online free Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Associations (501(c)(9)) An application for recognition of exemption as a voluntary employees' beneficiary association must be filed on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The material submitted with the application must show that your organization: Is a voluntary association of employees, Will provide for payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to members or their dependents or designated beneficiaries and substantially all of its operations are for this purpose, and Will not allow any of its net earnings to inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder except in the form of scheduled benefit payments. File 2006 taxes online free To be complete, an application must include a copy of the document (such as the trust instrument) by which the organization was created; a full description of the benefits available to participants and the terms and conditions of eligibility for benefits (usually contained in a plan document); and, if providing benefits pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, a copy of that agreement. File 2006 taxes online free Note. File 2006 taxes online free Under section 4976, the reversion of funds from a section 501(c)(9) organization to the employer who created the beneficiary association may subject the employer to a 100% penalty excise tax on the amount of the reversion. File 2006 taxes online free Notice requirement. File 2006 taxes online free   An organization will not be considered tax exempt under this section unless the organization gives notice to the IRS that it is applying for recognition of exempt status. File 2006 taxes online free The organization gives notice by filing Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free If the notice is not given by 15 months after the end of the month in which the organization was created, the organization will not be exempt for any period before notice is given. File 2006 taxes online free An extension of time for filing the notice can be granted under the same procedures as those described for section 501(c)(3) organizations in chapter 3 under Application for Recognition of Exemption . File 2006 taxes online free Membership. File 2006 taxes online free   Membership of a section 501(c)(9) organization must consist of individuals who are employees and have an employment-related common bond. File 2006 taxes online free This common bond can be a common employer (or affiliated employers), coverage under one or more collective bargaining agreements, membership in a labor union, or membership in one or more locals of a national or international labor union. File 2006 taxes online free   The membership of an association can include some individuals who are not employees, provided they have an employment-related bond with the employee-members. File 2006 taxes online free For example, the owner of a business whose employees are members of the association can be a member. File 2006 taxes online free An association will be considered composed of employees if 90% of its total membership on one day of each quarter of its tax year consists of employees. File 2006 taxes online free Employees. File 2006 taxes online free   Employees include individuals who became entitled to membership because they are or were employees. File 2006 taxes online free For example, an individual will qualify as an employee even though the individual is on a leave of absence or has been terminated due to retirement, disability, or layoff. File 2006 taxes online free   Generally, membership is voluntary if an affirmative act is required on the part of an employee to become a member. File 2006 taxes online free Conversely, membership is involuntary if the designation as a member is due to employee status. File 2006 taxes online free However, an association will be considered voluntary if employees are required to be members of the organization as a condition of their employment and they do not incur a detriment (such as a payroll deduction) as a result of their membership. File 2006 taxes online free An employer has not imposed involuntary membership on the employee if membership is required as the result of a collective bargaining agreement or as an incident of membership in a labor organization. File 2006 taxes online free Payment of benefits. File 2006 taxes online free   The information submitted with your application must show that your organization will pay life, sick, accident, supplemental unemployment, or other similar benefits. File 2006 taxes online free The benefits can be provided directly by your association or indirectly by your association through the payments of premiums to an insurance company (or fees to a medical clinic). File 2006 taxes online free Benefits can be in the form of medical, clinical, or hospital services, transportation furnished for medical care, or money payments. File 2006 taxes online free Nondiscrimination requirements. File 2006 taxes online free   An organization that is part of a plan will not be exempt unless the plan meets certain nondiscrimination requirements. File 2006 taxes online free However, if the organization is part of a plan that is a collective bargaining agreement that was the subject of good faith bargaining between employee organizations and employers, the plan need not meet these requirements for the organization to qualify as tax exempt. File 2006 taxes online free   A plan meets the nondiscrimination requirements only if both of the following statements are true. File 2006 taxes online free Each class of benefits under the plan is provided under a classification of employees that is set forth in the plan and does not discriminate in favor of employees who are highly compensated individuals. File 2006 taxes online free The benefits provided under each class of benefits do not discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals. File 2006 taxes online free A life insurance, disability, severance pay, or supplemental unemployment compensation benefit does not discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals merely because the benefits available bear a uniform relationship to the total compensation, or the basic or regular rate of compensation, of employees covered by the plan. File 2006 taxes online free   For purposes of determining whether a plan meets the nondiscrimination requirements, the employer can elect to exclude all disability or severance payments payable to individuals who are in pay status as of January 1, 1985. File 2006 taxes online free This will not apply to any increase in such payment by any plan amendment adopted after June 22, 1984. File 2006 taxes online free   If a plan provides a benefit for which there is a nondiscrimination provision provided under Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code as a condition of that benefit being excluded from gross income, these nondiscrimination requirements do not apply. File 2006 taxes online free The benefit will be considered nondiscriminatory only if it meets the nondiscrimination provision of the applicable Code section. File 2006 taxes online free For example, benefits provided under a medical reimbursement plan would meet the nondiscrimination requirements for an association, if the benefits meet the nondiscrimination requirements of section 105(h)(3) and 105(h)(4). File 2006 taxes online free Excluded employees. File 2006 taxes online free   Certain employees who are not covered by a plan can be excluded from consideration in applying these requirements. File 2006 taxes online free These include employees: Who have not completed 3 years of service, Who have not attained age 21, Who are seasonal or less than half-time employees, Who are not in the plan and who are included in a unit of employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement if the class of benefits involved was the subject of good faith bargaining, or Who are nonresident aliens and who receive no earned income from the employer that has United States source income. File 2006 taxes online free Highly compensated individual. File 2006 taxes online free   A highly compensated individual is one who: Owned 5 percent or more of the employer at any time during the current year or the preceding year, Received more than $115,000 in compensation from the employer for the preceding year (the amount is annualized for inflation. File 2006 taxes online free Go to IRS. File 2006 taxes online free gov, and search “Pension Plan Limitation” for the year), and Was among the top 20% of employees by compensation for the preceding year. File 2006 taxes online free However, the employer can choose not to have (3) apply. File 2006 taxes online free Aggregation rules. File 2006 taxes online free   The employer can choose to treat two or more plans as one plan for purposes of meeting the nondiscrimination requirements. File 2006 taxes online free Employees of controlled groups of corporations, trades, or businesses under common control, or members of an affiliated service group, are treated as employees of a single employer. File 2006 taxes online free Leased employees are treated as employees of the recipient. File 2006 taxes online free One employee. File 2006 taxes online free   A trust created to provide benefits to one employee will not qualify as a voluntary employees' beneficiary association under section 501(c)(9). File 2006 taxes online free Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Trusts (501(c)(17)) A trust or trusts forming part of a written plan (established and maintained by an employer, his or her employees, or both) providing solely for the payment of supplemental unemployment compensation benefits must file the application for recognition of exemption on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The trust must be a valid, existing trust under local law and must be evidenced by an executed document. File 2006 taxes online free A conformed copy of the plan of which the trust is a part should be attached to the application. File 2006 taxes online free To be complete, an application must include a copy of the document (such as the trust instrument) by which the organization was created; a full description of the benefits available to participants and the terms and conditions of eligibility for benefits (usually contained in a plan document); and, if providing benefits pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, a copy of that agreement. File 2006 taxes online free Note. File 2006 taxes online free Under section 4976, the reversion of funds from a section 501(c)(17) organization to the employer who created the supplemental unemployment benefit trust may subject the employer to a 100% penalty excise tax on the amount of the reversion. File 2006 taxes online free Notice requirement. File 2006 taxes online free   An organization will not be considered tax exempt under this section unless the organization gives notice to the IRS that it is applying for recognition of exempt status. File 2006 taxes online free The organization gives notice by filing Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free If the notice is not given by 15 months after the end of the month in which the organization was created, the organization will not be exempt for any period before such notice is given. File 2006 taxes online free An extension of time for filing the notice is granted under the same procedures as those described for section 501(c)(3) organizations in chapter 3 under Application for Recognition of Exemption . File 2006 taxes online free Types of payments. File 2006 taxes online free   You must show that the supplemental unemployment compensation benefits will be benefits paid to an employee because of the employee's involuntary separation from employment (whether or not the separation is temporary) resulting directly from a reduction-in-force, discontinuance of a plant or operation, or other similar conditions. File 2006 taxes online free In addition, sickness and accident benefits (but not vacation, retirement, or death benefits) may be included in the plan if these are subordinate to the unemployment compensation benefits. File 2006 taxes online free Diversion of funds. File 2006 taxes online free   It must be impossible under the plan (at any time before the satisfaction of all liabilities with respect to employees under the plan) to use or to divert any of the corpus or income of the trust to any purpose other than the payment of supplemental unemployment compensation benefits (or sickness or accident benefits to the extent just explained). File 2006 taxes online free Discrimination in benefits. File 2006 taxes online free   Neither the terms of the plan nor the actual payment of benefits can be discriminatory in favor of the company's officers, stockholders, supervisors, or highly paid employees. File 2006 taxes online free However, a plan is not discriminatory merely because benefits bear a uniform relationship to compensation or the rate of compensation. File 2006 taxes online free Prohibited transactions and exemption. File 2006 taxes online free   If your organization is a supplemental unemployment benefit trust and has received a denial of exemption because it engaged in a prohibited transaction, as defined by section 503(b), it can file a claim for exemption in any tax year following the tax year in which the notice of denial was issued. File 2006 taxes online free It must file the claim on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free The organization must include a written declaration that it will not knowingly again engage in a prohibited transaction. File 2006 taxes online free An authorized principal officer of your organization must make this declaration under the penalties of perjury. File 2006 taxes online free   If your organization has satisfied all requirements as a supplemental unemployment benefit trust described in section 501(c)(17), it will be notified in writing that it has been recognized as exempt. File 2006 taxes online free However, the organization will be exempt only for those tax years after the tax year in which the claim for exemption (Form 1024) is filed. File 2006 taxes online free Tax year in this case means the established annual accounting period of the organization or, if the organization has not established an annual accounting period, the calendar year. File 2006 taxes online free For more information about the requirements for reestablishing an exemption previously denied, contact the IRS. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(12) - Local Benevolent Life Insurance Associations, Mutual Irrigation and Telephone Companies, and Like Organizations Each of the following organizations apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax by filing Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free Benevolent life insurance associations of a purely local character and like organizations. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual ditch or irrigation companies and like organizations. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual or cooperative telephone companies and like organizations. File 2006 taxes online free A like organization is an organization that performs a service comparable to that performed by any one of the above organizations. File 2006 taxes online free The information to be provided upon application by each of these organizations is described in this section. File 2006 taxes online free For information as to the procedures to follow in applying for exemption, see chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free General requirements. File 2006 taxes online free   These organizations must use their income solely to cover losses and expenses, with any excess being returned to members or retained to cover future losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free They must collect at least 85% of their income from members for the sole purpose of meeting losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual character. File 2006 taxes online free   These organizations, other than benevolent life insurance associations, must be organized and operated on a mutual or cooperative basis. File 2006 taxes online free They are associations of persons or organizations, or both, banded together to provide themselves a mutually desirable service approximately at cost and on a mutual basis. File 2006 taxes online free To maintain the mutual characteristic of democratic ownership and control, they must be so organized and operated that their members have the right to choose the management, to receive services at cost, to receive a return of any excess of payments over losses and expenses, and to share in any assets upon dissolution. File 2006 taxes online free   The rights and interests of members in the annual savings of the organization must be determined in proportion to their business with the organization. File 2006 taxes online free Upon dissolution, gains from the sale of appreciated assets must be distributed to all persons who were members during the period the assets were owned by the organization in proportion to the amount of business done during that period. File 2006 taxes online free The bylaws must not provide for forfeiture of a member's rights and interest upon withdrawal or termination. File 2006 taxes online free Membership. File 2006 taxes online free   Membership of a mutual organization consists of those who join the organization to obtain its services, and have a voice in its management. File 2006 taxes online free In a stock company, the stockholders are members. File 2006 taxes online free However, a mutual life insurance organization cannot have policyholders other than its members. File 2006 taxes online free Losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free   In furnishing services substantially at cost, an organization must use its income solely for paying losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free Any excess income not retained in reasonable reserves for future losses and expenses belongs to members in proportion to their patronage or business done with the organization. File 2006 taxes online free If such patronage refunds are retained in reasonable amounts for purposes of expanding and improving facilities, retiring capital indebtedness, acquiring other assets, and unexpected expenses, the organization must maintain records sufficient to reflect the equity of each member in the assets acquired with the funds. File 2006 taxes online free Distributions of proceeds. File 2006 taxes online free   The cooperative may distribute the unexpended balance of collections or assessments remaining on hand at the end of the year to members or patrons prorated on the basis of their patronage or business done with the cooperative. File 2006 taxes online free Such distribution represents a refund in the costs of services rendered to the member. File 2006 taxes online free The 85% Requirement All of the organizations listed above must submit evidence with their application that they receive 85% or more of their gross income from their members for the sole purpose of meeting losses and expenses. File 2006 taxes online free Nevertheless, certain items of income are excluded from the computation of the 85% requirement if the organization is a mutual or cooperative telephone or electric company. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual or cooperative telephone company. File 2006 taxes online free   A mutual or cooperative telephone company will exclude from the computation of the 85% requirement any income received or accrued from: A nonmember telephone company for the performance of communication services involving the completion of long distance calls to, from, or between members of the mutual or cooperative telephone company, Qualified pole rentals, The sale of display listings in a directory furnished to its members, or The prepayment of a loan created in 1987, 1988, or 1989, under section 306A, 306B, or 311 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual or cooperative electric company. File 2006 taxes online free   A mutual or cooperative electric company will exclude from the computation of the 85% requirement any income received or accrued from: Qualified pole rentals, Any provision or sale of electric energy transmission services or ancillary service if the services are provided on a nondiscriminatory open access basis under an open access transmission tariff approved or accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or under an independent transmission provider agreement approved or accepted by FERC (other than income received or accrued directly or indirectly from a member), The provision or sale of electric energy distribution services or ancillary services if the services are provided on a nondiscriminatory open-access basis to distribute electric energy not owned by the mutual or electric cooperative company: To end-users who are served by distribution facilities not owned by the company or any of its members (other than income received or accrued directly or indirectly from a member), or Generated by a generation facility not owned or leased by the company or any of its members and which is directly connected to distribution facilities owned by the company or any of its members (other than income received or accrued directly or indirectly from a member), Any nuclear decommissioning transaction, or Any asset exchange or conversion transaction. File 2006 taxes online free   An electric cooperative's sale of excess fuel at cost in the year of purchase is not income for purposes of determining compliance with the 85% requirement. File 2006 taxes online free Qualified pole rental. File 2006 taxes online free   The term qualified pole rental means any rental of a pole (or other structure used to support wires) if the pole (or other structure) is used: By the telephone or electric company to support one or more wires that are used by the company in providing telephone or electric services to its members, and Pursuant to the rental to support one or more wires (in addition to wires described in (1)) for use in connection with the transmission by wire of electricity or of telephone or other communications. File 2006 taxes online free   The term rental, for this purpose, includes any sale of the right to use the pole (or other structure). File 2006 taxes online free The 85% requirement is applied on the basis of an annual accounting period. File 2006 taxes online free Failure of an organization to meet the requirement in a particular year precludes exemption for that year, but has no effect upon exemption for years in which the 85% requirement is met. File 2006 taxes online free Gain from the sale or conversion of the organization's property is not considered an amount received from members in determining whether the organization's income consists of amounts collected from members. File 2006 taxes online free Because the 85% income test is based on gross income, capital losses cannot be used to reduce capital gains for purposes of this test. File 2006 taxes online free Example. File 2006 taxes online free   The books of an organization reflect the following for the calendar year. File 2006 taxes online free Collections from members $2,400 Short-term capital gains 600 Short-term capital losses 400 Other income None Gross income ($2,400 + $600 =$3000) 100% Collected from members ($2,400) 80%   Since amounts collected from members do not constitute at least 85% of gross income, the organization is not entitled to exemption from federal income tax for the year. File 2006 taxes online free   Voluntary contributions in the nature of gifts are not taken into account for purposes of the 85% computation. File 2006 taxes online free   Other tax-exempt income besides gifts is considered as income received from other than members in applying the 85% test. File 2006 taxes online free   If the 85% test is not met, your organization, if classifiable under this section, will not qualify for exemption as any other type of organization described in this publication. File 2006 taxes online free Tax treatment of donations. File 2006 taxes online free   Donations to an organization described in this section are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor's federal income tax return. File 2006 taxes online free Local Life Insurance Associations A benevolent life insurance association or an organization seeking recognition of exemption on grounds of similarity to a benevolent life insurance association must submit evidence upon applying for recognition of exemption that it will be of a purely local character, that its excess funds will be refunded to members or retained in reasonable reserves to meet future losses and expenses, and that it meets the 85% income requirement. File 2006 taxes online free If an organization issues policies for stipulated cash premiums, or if it requires advance deposits to cover the cost of the insurance and maintains investments from which more than 15% of its income is derived, it will not be entitled to exemption. File 2006 taxes online free To establish that your organization is of a purely local character, it should show that its activities will be confined to a particular community, place, or district irrespective of political subdivisions. File 2006 taxes online free If the activities of an organization are limited only by the borders of a state, it cannot be purely local in character. File 2006 taxes online free A benevolent life insurance association that does not terminate membership when a member moves from the local area in which the association operates will qualify for exemption if it meets the other requirements. File 2006 taxes online free A copy of each type of policy issued by your organization should be included with the application for recognition of exemption. File 2006 taxes online free Organizations similar to local benevolent life insurance companies. File 2006 taxes online free   These organizations include those that in addition to paying death benefits also provide for the payment of sick, accident, or health benefits. File 2006 taxes online free However, an organization that pays only sick, accident, or health benefits, but not life insurance benefits, is not an organization similar to a benevolent life insurance association and should not apply for recognition of exemption as described in this section. File 2006 taxes online free Burial and funeral benefit insurance organization. File 2006 taxes online free   This type of organization can apply for recognition of exemption as an organization similar to a benevolent life insurance company if it establishes that the benefits are paid in cash and if it is not engaged directly in the manufacture of funeral supplies or the performance of funeral services. File 2006 taxes online free An organization that provides its benefits in the form of supplies and service is not a life insurance company. File 2006 taxes online free Such an organization can seek recognition of exemption from federal income tax, however, as a mutual insurance company other than life. File 2006 taxes online free Mutual or Cooperative Associations Mutual ditch or irrigation companies, mutual or cooperative telephone companies, and like organizations need not establish that they are of a purely local character. File 2006 taxes online free They can serve noncontiguous areas. File 2006 taxes online free Like organization. File 2006 taxes online free   A like organization is a cooperative or mutual organization that performs a service similar to mutual ditch, irrigation, telephone, or electric companies. File 2006 taxes online free Examples include the following: cooperatives that provide protection of river banks to prevent erosion, water and sewer services, cable television, satellite, television, cellular phone services, two-way radio service, or natural gas services. File 2006 taxes online free 501(c)(13) - Cemetery Companies If your organization wishes to obtain recognition of exemption from federal income tax as a cemetery company or a corporation chartered solely for the purpose of the disposal of human bodies by burial or cremation, it must file an application on Form 1024. File 2006 taxes online free For the procedure to follow to file an application, see Application, Approval, and Appeal Procedures in chapter 1. File 2006 taxes online free A nonprofit mutual cemetery company that seeks recognition of exemption should submit evidence with its application that it is owned and operated exclusively for the benefit of its lot owners who hold lots for bona fide burial purposes and not for purposes of resale. File 2006 taxes online free A mutual cemetery company that also engages in charitable activities, such as the burial of paupers, will be regarded as operating within this standard. File 2006 taxes online free The fact that a mutual cemetery company limits its membership to a particular class of individuals, such as members of a family, will not affect its status as mutual so long as all the other requirements of section 501(c)(13) are met. File 2006 taxes online free If your organization is a nonprofit corporation chartered solely for the purpose of the disposal of human bodies by burial or cremation, you should show that it is not permitted by its charter to engage in any business not necessarily incident to that purpose. File 2006 taxes online free Operating a mortuary is not permitted. File 2006 taxes online free However, selling monuments, markers, vaults, and flowers solely for use in the cemetery is permitted if the profits from these sales are used to maintain the cemetery as a whole. File 2006 taxes online free How income can be used. File 2006 taxes online free   You should show that your organization's earnings are or will be used only in one or more of the following ways. File 2006 taxes online free To pay the ordinary and necessary expenses of operating, maintaining, and improving the cemetery or crematorium. File 2006 taxes online free To buy cemetery property. File 2006 taxes online free To create a fund that will provide a source of income for the perpetual care of the cemetery or a reasonable reserve for any ordinary or necessary purpose. File 2006 taxes online free No part of the net earnings of your organization can inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. File 2006 taxes online free Ordinary and necessary expenses in connection with the operation, management, maintenance, and improvement of the cemetery are permitted, as are reasonable fees for the services of a manager. File 2006 taxes online free Buying cemetery property. File 2006 taxes online free   Payments can be made to amortize debt incurred to buy land, but cannot be in the nature of profit distributions. File 2006 taxes online free You must show the method used to finance the purchase of the cemetery property and that the purchase price of the land at the time of its sale to the cemetery was not unreasonable. File 2006 taxes online free   Except for holders of preferred stock (discussed later), no person can have any interest in the net earnings of a tax-exempt cemetery company or crematorium. File 2006 taxes online free Therefore, if property is transferred to the organization in exchange for an interest in the organization's net earnings, the organization will not
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The Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) Program resolves frequently disputed or burdensome tax issues that affect a significant number of business taxpayers through the issuance of guidance. IRS solicits suggestions for issues from taxpayers, representatives and associations for the IIR Program. For each issue selected for the program, a resolution team of IRS, Chief Counsel and Treasury personnel is assembled to gather and analyze relevant information for the issue and develop and recommend guidance.

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File 2006 taxes online free 1. File 2006 taxes online free   Canceled Debts Table of Contents General RulesForm 1099-C Discounts and loan modifications Sales or other dispositions (such as foreclosures and repossessions) Abandonments Stockholder debt This chapter discusses the tax treatment of canceled debts. File 2006 taxes online free General Rules Generally, if a debt for which you are personally liable is forgiven or discharged for less than the full amount owed, the debt is considered canceled in whatever amount it remained unpaid. File 2006 taxes online free There are exceptions to this rule, discussed under Exceptions , later. File 2006 taxes online free Generally, you must include the canceled debt in your income. File 2006 taxes online free However, you may be able to exclude the canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free See Exclusions , later. File 2006 taxes online free Example. File 2006 taxes online free John owed $1,000 to Mary. File 2006 taxes online free Mary agreed to accept and John paid $400 in satisfaction of the entire debt. File 2006 taxes online free John has canceled debt of $600. File 2006 taxes online free Example. File 2006 taxes online free Margaret owed $1,000 to Henry. File 2006 taxes online free Henry and Margaret agreed that Margaret would provide Henry with services (instead of money) in full satisfaction of the debt. File 2006 taxes online free Margaret does not have canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free Instead, she has income from services. File 2006 taxes online free A debt includes any indebtedness: For which you are liable, or Subject to which you hold property. File 2006 taxes online free Debt for which you are personally liable is recourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free All other debt is nonrecourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free If you are not personally liable for the debt, you do not have ordinary income from the cancellation of debt unless you retain the collateral and either: The lender offers a discount for the early payment of the debt, or The lender agrees to a loan modification that results in the reduction of the principal balance of the debt. File 2006 taxes online free See Discounts and loan modifications , later. File 2006 taxes online free However, upon the disposition of the property securing a nonrecourse debt, the amount realized includes the entire unpaid amount of the debt, not just the FMV of the property. File 2006 taxes online free As a result, you may realize a gain or loss if the outstanding debt immediately before the disposition is more or less than your adjusted basis in the property. File 2006 taxes online free For more details on figuring your gain or loss, see chapter 2 of this publication or see Publication 544. File 2006 taxes online free There are several exceptions and exclusions that may result in part or all of a canceled debt being nontaxable. File 2006 taxes online free See Exceptions and Exclusions, later. File 2006 taxes online free You must report any taxable canceled debt as ordinary income on: Form 1040 or Form 1040NR, line 21, if the debt is a nonbusiness debt; Schedule C (Form 1040), line 6 (or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), line 1), if the debt is related to a nonfarm sole proprietorship; Schedule E (Form 1040), line 3, if the debt is related to nonfarm rental of real property; Form 4835, line 6, if the debt is related to a farm rental activity for which you use Form 4835 to report farm rental income based on crops or livestock produced by a tenant; or Schedule F (Form 1040), line 8, if the debt is farm debt and you are a farmer. File 2006 taxes online free Form 1099-C If you receive a Form 1099-C, that means an applicable entity has reported an identifiable event to the IRS regarding a debt you owe. File 2006 taxes online free The identifiable event may be an actual cancellation of the debt or it may be an event the applicable entity is required, solely for purposes of reporting to the IRS, to treat as a cancellation of debt. File 2006 taxes online free For information on the reasons an applicable entity files Form 1099-C, see Identifiable event codes, later. File 2006 taxes online free Unless you meet one of the exceptions or exclusions discussed later, this canceled debt is ordinary income and must be reported on the appropriate form discussed above. File 2006 taxes online free An applicable entity includes: A federal government agency, A financial institution, A credit union, and Any organization a significant trade or business of which is lending money. File 2006 taxes online free Identifiable event codes. File 2006 taxes online free    Box 6 of Form 1099-C should indicate the reason the creditor filed this form. File 2006 taxes online free The codes shown in box 6 are explained below. File 2006 taxes online free Also see the chart after the explanation for a quick reference guide for the codes used in Box 6. File 2006 taxes online free Note. File 2006 taxes online free Codes A through G and I identify specific occurrences resulting from an actual discharge of indebtedness. File 2006 taxes online free However, Code H, Expiration of nonpayment testing period, does not necessarily identify an actual discharge of indebtedness. File 2006 taxes online free Code A — Bankruptcy. File 2006 taxes online free Code A is used to identify cancellation of debt as a result of a title 11 bankruptcy case. File 2006 taxes online free See Bankruptcy , later. File 2006 taxes online free Code B — Other judicial debt relief. File 2006 taxes online free Code B is used to identify cancellation of debt as a result of a receivership, foreclosure, or similar federal or state court proceeding other than bankruptcy. File 2006 taxes online free Code C — Statute of limitations or expiration of deficiency period. File 2006 taxes online free Code C is used to identify cancellation of debt either when the statute of limitations for collecting the debt expires or when the statutory period for filing a claim or beginning a deficiency judgment proceeding expires. File 2006 taxes online free In the case of the expiration of a statute of limitations, an identifiable event occurs only if and when your affirmative defense of the statute of limitations is upheld in a final judgment or decision in a judicial proceeding, and the period for appealing the judgment or decision has expired. File 2006 taxes online free Code D — Foreclosure election. File 2006 taxes online free Code D is used to identify cancellation of debt when the creditor elects foreclosure remedies that statutorily end or bar the creditor's right to pursue collection of the debt. File 2006 taxes online free This event applies to a mortgage lender or holder who is barred from pursuing debt collection after a power of sale in the mortgage or deed of trust is exercised. File 2006 taxes online free Code E — Debt relief from probate or similar proceeding. File 2006 taxes online free Code E is used to identify cancellation of debt as a result of a probate court or similar legal proceeding. File 2006 taxes online free Code F — By agreement. File 2006 taxes online free Code F is used to identify cancellation of debt as a result of an agreement between the creditor and the debtor to cancel the debt at less than full consideration. File 2006 taxes online free Code G — Decision or policy to discontinue collection. File 2006 taxes online free Code G is used to identify cancellation of debt as a result of a decision or a defined policy of the creditor to discontinue collection activity and cancel the debt. File 2006 taxes online free For purposes of this identifiable event, a defined policy includes both a written policy and the creditor's established business practice. File 2006 taxes online free Code H — Expiration of nonpayment testing period. File 2006 taxes online free Code H is used to indicate that the creditor has not received a payment on the debt during a testing period ending on December 31, 2013. File 2006 taxes online free The testing period is a 36-month period increased by the number of months the creditor was prevented from engaging in collection activity by a stay in bankruptcy or similar bar under state or local law. File 2006 taxes online free This identifiable event applies only for a creditor that is a financial institution or credit union (and certain of their subsidiaries), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and other Federal executive agencies. File 2006 taxes online free Expiration of the nonpayment testing period does not necessarily result from an actual discharge of indebtedness. File 2006 taxes online free Code I — Other actual discharge before identifiable event. File 2006 taxes online free Code I is used to identify an actual cancellation of debt that occurs before any of the identifiable events described in codes A through H. File 2006 taxes online free Form 1099-C Reference Guide for Box 6 Identifiable Event Codes A Bankruptcy B Other judicial debt relief C Statute of limitations or expiration of deficiency period D Foreclosure election E Debt relief from probate or similar proceeding F By agreement G Decision or policy to discontinue collection H Expiration of nonpayment testing period I Other actual discharge before identifiable event Even if you did not receive a Form 1099-C, you must report canceled debt as gross income on your tax return unless one of the exceptions or exclusions described later applies. File 2006 taxes online free Amount of canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free    The amount in box 2 of Form 1099-C may represent some or all of the debt that has been canceled or treated as canceled. File 2006 taxes online free The amount in box 2 will include principal and may include interest and other nonprincipal amounts (such as fees or penalties). File 2006 taxes online free Unless you meet one of the exceptions or exclusions discussed later, the amount of the debt that has been canceled is ordinary income and must be reported on the appropriate form as discussed earlier. File 2006 taxes online free Interest included in canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free    If any interest is included in the amount of canceled debt in box 2, it will be shown in box 3. File 2006 taxes online free Whether the interest portion of the canceled debt must be included in your income depends on whether the interest would be deductible if you paid it. File 2006 taxes online free See Deductible Debt under Exceptions, later. File 2006 taxes online free Persons who each receive a Form 1099-C showing the full amount of debt. File 2006 taxes online free    If you and another person were jointly and severally liable for a canceled debt, each of you may get a Form 1099-C showing the entire amount of the canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free However, you may not have to report that entire amount as income. File 2006 taxes online free The amount, if any, you must report depends on all the facts and circumstances, including: State law, The amount of debt proceeds each person received, How much of any interest deduction from the debt was claimed by each person, How much of the basis of any co-owned property bought with the debt proceeds was allocated to each co-owner, and Whether the canceled debt qualifies for any of the exceptions or exclusions described in this publication. File 2006 taxes online free See Example 3 under Insolvency, later. File 2006 taxes online free Discounts and loan modifications If a lender discounts (reduces) the principal balance of a loan because you pay it off early, or agrees to a loan modification (a “workout”) that includes a reduction in the principal balance of a loan, the amount of the discount or the amount of principal reduction is canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free However, if the debt is nonrecourse and you did not retain the collateral, you do not have cancellation of the debt income. File 2006 taxes online free The amount of the canceled debt must be included in income unless one of the exceptions or exclusions described later applies. File 2006 taxes online free For more details, see Exceptions and Exclusions, later. File 2006 taxes online free Sales or other dispositions (such as foreclosures and repossessions) Recourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free   If you owned property that was subject to a recourse debt in excess of the FMV of the property, the lender's foreclosure or repossession of the property is treated as a sale or disposition of the property by you and may result in your realization of gain or loss. File 2006 taxes online free The gain or loss on the disposition of the property is measured by the difference between the FMV of the property at the time of the disposition and your adjusted basis (usually your cost) in the property. File 2006 taxes online free The character of the gain or loss (such as ordinary or capital) is determined by the character of the property. File 2006 taxes online free If the lender forgives all or part of the amount of the debt in excess of the FMV of the property, the cancellation of the excess debt may result in ordinary income. File 2006 taxes online free The ordinary income from the cancellation of debt (the excess of the canceled debt over the FMV of the property) must be included in your gross income reported on your tax return unless one of the exceptions or exclusions described later applies. File 2006 taxes online free For more details, see Exceptions and Exclusions, later. File 2006 taxes online free Nonrecourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free   If you owned property that was subject to a nonrecourse debt in excess of the FMV of the property, the lender's foreclosure on the property does not result in ordinary income from the cancellation of debt. File 2006 taxes online free The entire amount of the nonrecourse debt is treated as an amount realized on the disposition of the property. File 2006 taxes online free The gain or loss on the disposition of the property is measured by the difference between the total amount realized (the entire amount of the nonrecourse debt plus the amount of cash and the FMV of any property received) and your adjusted basis in the property. File 2006 taxes online free The character of the gain or loss is determined by the character of the property. File 2006 taxes online free More information. File 2006 taxes online free    See Publications 523, 544, and 551, and chapter 2 of this publication for more details. File 2006 taxes online free Abandonments Recourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free   If you abandon property that secures a debt for which you are personally liable (recourse debt) and the debt is canceled, you will realize ordinary income equal to the canceled debt. File 2006 taxes online free You must report this income on your tax return unless one of the exceptions or exclusions described later applies. File 2006 taxes online free For more details, see Exceptions and Exclusions, later. File 2006 taxes online free This income is separate from any amount realized from the abandonment of the property. File 2006 taxes online free For more details, see chapter 3. File 2006 taxes online free Nonrecourse debt. File 2006 taxes online free   If you abandon property that secures a debt for which you are not personally liable (nonrecourse debt), you may realize gain or loss but will not have cancellation of indebtedness income. File 2006 taxes online free Stockholder debt If you are a stockholder in a corporation and the corporation cancels or forgives your debt to it, the canceled debt is a constructive distribution. File 2006 taxes online free For more information, see Publication 542, Corporations. File 2006 taxes online free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications