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New England Forum to Demystify Tax-Exempt Status for Ham Radio Clubs


Most radio clubs are set up as non-profit corporations, but this does not mean that they are tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code. Some changes that took place in 2014 simplified the process for smaller organizations with less than $50,000 in annual gross revenues and reduced the amount of red tape.

At the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, Certified Public Accountant Lynn Baxter, W0LTB, will explain how clubs and non-profits can attain 501(c)(3) status under the new rules and how to file a simple online annual report to maintain that status.

This means that, under some circumstances, Amateur Radio clubs would be able to accept donations and issue receipts for tax purposes, as well as enjoy other benefits. The forum will take place on Friday, October 14, at 3 PM. Clubs are invited to send one representative, as seating is limited.

“This special forum is being presented by NEAR-Fest as a service to the Amateur Radio community,” said Mike Crestohl, W1RC. “NEAR-Fest anticipates a high response rate to this special presentation. Clubs are advised to send their treasurer. Seating will be first come, first served.” Crestohl asks those planning to attend to RSVP to — Thanks to Mike Crestohl, W1RC