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Nov. 8, 2011

UI law school workshop to help nonprofits regain tax exempt status

More than 2,400 charitable organizations in Iowa lost their tax exemption in the past year when they failed to file proper IRS paperwork, but a workshop sponsored by the University of Iowa can help them regain their status.

The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center (INRC), will hold workshops in Iowa City and Des Moines in December to help those organizations get their tax exemption back. Richard Koontz, director of the INRC, said the exemption was lost because the organizations failed to file a Form 990-N for three years in a row, despite warnings from the IRS that they would lose their exemption if they failed to file.

Organizations that lost their tax exemption for failure to file can regain their status by filing additional IRS forms and paying a filing fee of $100. But that procedure must be completed by Dec. 31, 2012 or else the organization must pay a higher fee. The workshops will walk the organizations through the forms that are necessary for re-application.

The workshops are for 501(c)(3) organizations with receipts less than $50,000.

The workshops will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boyd Law Building at the UI in Iowa City, and Monday, Dec. 19, at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

The registration fee is $50. Registration forms are available by calling 866-500-8980 or emailing

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Koontz, director, Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, 319-335-7094,; Tom Snee, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell),