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churches and church-related organi­ Tax-exempt organizations eligible
At Risk
zations, must file an annual return to file Form 990-EZ must file their
At-Risk Petal Charities
I Petal chartaes c€pued Page 1 with the IRS," the release states. delinquent annual information returns
"The Form 990-N was created for by Oct. 15 and pay a compliance fee,
• EDEN INTERNATIONAL INC
"I know that our treasurer has small tax -exempt organizations that according to the press release, which
. listed among
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filed," she said. "We're a legal support had not previously had a filing notes that the extended deadline does
group for attorneys. I know ours has requirement. Second, the law also not apply to larger organizations
• HARVEST FOR CHRIST MINISTRIES INC.
thQ$e 'at-risk' been sent in." required that any tax-exempt organi­ required to file the Form 990 or to pri­
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. .. Kevin Cayten, president of the zation that fails to file for three con­ vate foundations that file the Form
In NhsSlSSlPPl, more than 2,800
Mississippi Pro Youth Sports secutive years automatically loses its 990-PF.
charities are at risk of losing their tax­
• OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL 29145 PETAL MS
Association, said this week that his federal tax-exempt status. The IRS Moak said the situation is a concern
exempt status if they don't file returns I
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organization has not been very active conducted an extensive outreach of the Better Business Bureau
with the IRS by Oct. 15. In this area
in the last couple of years, but that it effort about this new legal require­ because, "Wi!'1mve a service mat rates
alone, about 125 such organizations
• ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MISSISSIPPI
should sti}.! be in compliance with the ment but, even so, many organiza­ charities. We've noticed that the
are included on the IRS' most recent
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IRS' regulations. tions have not filed returns on time." smaller charities don't have the
list.
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MISSISSIPPI
"What I had set this up for was kids For small charities, there are only resources to hire staff" to help keep
Bill Moak, president and CEO of the
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that wanted to play travel ball," eight basic pieces of information that them in compliance with IRS regula­
of Mississippi
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Cayten said of his organization, not­ need to be filed, and that can be done tions.
- whose organization is working to
ing that, "It was a real difficult task to on the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov, According to the BBB's press
alert charities of the
• PETAL CHAPT 2139 WOMEN OF THE MOOSE 2139
get" the tax-exempt status. "It took Stepter said. Once on the site, there release, "The IRS has issued a 'One­
situation said
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Mississippi actually ------
forever to get it." are a number of ways to get to the Time Filing Relief which gives char­
is in relatively good • List of
Curtis Waites, president of Roll correct form, she said, including typ­ ities an extended time to file returns
Play USA Inc., said he also had no ing in lie-postcard" in the search to avoid loss of tax-exempt status.
• PETAL POLICE DEPARTMENT BENEFIT FUND
shape. In Florida, Petal
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the IRS has identi-
idea why his organization was includ­ engine on the main page. After Oct. 15, the IRS will automati­
fied more than
ed on the IRS' list. "We are doing everything we can to cally revoke tax-exempt status for the
'at-risk'
• PETAL RESERVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
30,000 charities that The organization provides outdoor help organizations comply with the organization, and will publish a list of
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are at risk of losing charities.
recreational opportunities for people law and keep their valuable tax those organizations in early 201l.
with disabilities, he said, adding, exemption," IRS Commissioner Doug Donors who give to those organiza­
their tax-exempt sta- -see Page 16
• RAINBOW MINISTRIES INC. tus, he said "Everything is filed. We're good to Shulman said in the IRS' press tions will be protected until the list is
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The list includes -----­ go." release. "So if you do not have your published, meaning that they may still
organizations which Moak said any organization that filings up to date, now's the time to deduct contributions made before
have not filed returns for the past three doesn't believe it should be on the list take action and get back on track." publication of the list." • ROLL PLAY USA INC.
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years, according to the Better Business should contact the IRS or visit the According to the press release, two Some of the charities listed in this
Bureau's press release, which notes IRS' Web site. types of relief are available for small area as not being in compliance
that, "Most are small, community­ "The information required is very exempt organizations - a filing appear to be no longer functioning. • SOUTH MS PUBLIC ACCESSIBILITY ASSN.
101 EDWARDS ST PETAL MS 39465-3909 organizations, including many short," Moak said. "It wouldn't take a extension for the smallest organiza­ Moak said those charities should noti­
ServIce clubs, foundations and faith­ lot to come into compliance." tions required to file Form 990-N, fy the IRS that they are no longer in
based ministries." IRS spokesperson Dee Stepter said Electronic Notice (e-Postcard), and a business. • SOUTHERN STORM OF MISSISSIPPI
22 MORROW DR PETAL MS 39465-3505 Although representatives of a num­ that, prior to 2006, charities that had voluntary compliance program (VCP) "If your charity is no longer need­
ber of local charities included on the an income of less than $25,000 per for small organizations eligible to file ed, there's a process for doing that,"
list said this week they were under the year were not required to file a return, Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of he said. "Really, the charity needs to • STEPPING FORWARD TOGETHER INC.
PO BOX 1035 PETAL MS 39465-1035 impression they were in compliance, but that changed with the Pension Organization Exempt From Income liquidate its assets in a way that fol­
Moak noted that, "Ifthey're on that list, Protection Act of 2006. Tax. lows the law."
the IRS thinks they're out of compli­
The act made two important "Small organizations required to The list of at-risk organizations • VOITURE NATIONALE LA SOCIETE
ance."
changes organi­ file Form 990-N simply need to go to may be viewed at DES 40 HOMMES ET 8 CHEVAUX 1137 VOITURE
2776 OLD RICHTON RD PETAL MS 39465-0000 .
Among the local organizations
beginning of the IRS website, supply the eight http://www. i rs .govIpub/i rs­
included. on the list are local chapters
2007, according to an IRS press information items called for on the tege/ms.pdf. The IRS has information
ofthe Fnends ofMississippi Libraries.
release. form, and electronically file it by Oct. about this issue on its website at • AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS
Ann. Radojcsics, .membership vice­
"First, it mandated that all tax­ 15. That will bring them back into http://www.irs.gov/charities/arti­ 3613 PETAL
preSIdent of the Fnends of Mississippi
exempt organizations, other than compliance," the press release states. clelO.. id=225705.00.html. 106 MARY CIR HATTIESBURG MS 39402-1036
that, as the parent
orgaruzation, It has e-filed with the
IRS, but that local chapters are listed
from the parent organiza­
tion.
"I wish it were simple, but it's not,"
she said of complying with the IRS
regulations. "And it never gets sim­
pler."
Jamie Roddey, president of the Pine
Belt Legal Professionals, the local
chapter of NALS, said she doesn't
know why that organization would be
included on the IRS' list.
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