17 non-profits lose tax exempt status

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of 17 local non-profit agencies Friday.

The agencies were among 3,460 statewide.

Announcement of the revocations comes years after Congress imposed an annual filing requirement for all nonprofits and an automatic revoc-ation penalty for those that do not file for three years in a row.

“Th- ere are many reasons why these nonprofits have lost their tax exempt status,” said Russell Jackson with the Alabama Association of Nonprofits. “We believe many of the organizations have simply closed their doors over the years and just failed to report it to the IRS. The vast majority of the other groups listed are small nonprofits that were just unaware of the new reporting requirements.”

In Andalusia, agencies included:

• Alabama Community and Safety, 209 Moore Road B5;

• Deliverance Community Development, 619 Auburn Avenue;

• Wesley Day Care Services, 1218 East Three Notch Street;

• Can-I-Volunteer, P.O. Box 326;

• Abbie Varner Foundation, P.O. Box 697;

• Gunter Dixon Foundation, P.O. Box 990;

• Hopewell Area Volunteer Fire Department, 6629 Brooklyn Road;

• Christian Service Center, 403 S. Three Notch Street;

• 1433 Ministries, 6629 Brooklyn Road;

• Order of the Eastern Star, P.O. Box 2015.

In Florala:

• American Legion Post #34, P.O. Box 484;

• American Legion Post #77, P.O. Box 31;

• Carver National Alumni Association, P.O. Box 276;

• Friends of the Florala Public Library, 715 North Third Street.

In Opp,

• Opp Arts Council, P.O. Box 70;

• Disabled American Veterans, Covington County Chapter, 107 N. Main Street.

In Wing:

• Wing Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 66.

Representatives for the agencies listed may get detailed instructions on how to reapply for tax-exempt status by visiting www.councilofnonprofits.org/revocation or by contacting the Alabama Association of Nonprofits for assistance in applying for reinstatement at 205-879-4712.