501(c)(3) Organizations

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Definition of '501(c)(3) Organizations'

A 501(c)(3) organization is a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. These organizations are formed for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, and they must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for tax-exempt status.

To qualify for 501(c)(3) status, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the following purposes:

* Charitable purposes, such as relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; or advancement of education or science.
* Fostering national or international amateur sports competition, or the promotion of amateur sports in the United States.
* Preventing cruelty to children or animals.
* Testing for public safety.
* Literary, cultural, or educational purposes.
* Promoting social welfare, provided that the organization does not engage in any substantial lobbying activities.

In addition to these requirements, 501(c)(3) organizations must also meet the following requirements:

* They must be organized as a corporation, trust, or association.
* They must have a board of directors or trustees.
* They must have at least two officers, one of whom must be the president.
* They must have a written charter or articles of incorporation.
* They must file an annual return with the IRS.

501(c)(3) organizations are exempt from federal income tax, but they may still be subject to state and local taxes. They are also subject to certain restrictions on their activities, such as the prohibition on political lobbying.

501(c)(3) organizations play an important role in the American economy. They provide a variety of services to the public, such as healthcare, education, and social welfare. They also contribute to economic growth by creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

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