Nonprofit Revocations in Ohio Top 10,000

June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Revoked Organizations by Type

Courtesy of GuideStar

The long-awaited list is out, contains few surprises and, while it is lengthy at nearly 280,000 organizations, still represents a fairly small portion of the country’s nonprofits. First, a bit of background. Back in 2006, Congress passed the Pension Protection Act; it required the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status of organizations that were required to file an annual Form 990 and had failed to do so for three consecutive years. The law made the revocations mandatory and automatic.

The IRS recently released its first list of organizations that have lost their nonprofit status because they failed to submit required reports for three or more years. In Ohio, most of the 10,645 nonprofits on the list automatically lost their tax exempt status May 15, 2010 but the IRS didn’t post the list until June 9 of this year.

GuideStar took a quick look at 279,595 organizations on the Automatic Revocation of Exemption list and shared some interesting findings:

  • About half (48%) had not appeared on the IRS list of exempt organizations recently or at all;
  • Of the other half, most (57%) were public charities and 9% were private foundations, with the remaining scattered across other IRS designations; and
  • As expected, the revocations hit mostly small organizations, those with revenue of less than $25,000 a year.

Ohio’s list represents only 3.8% of the state’s nonprofits and compared pretty well with other states. California tops the list with 12% of its nonprofits revoked and New York was second at 6.9%. At the other end of spectrum are Wyoming at .2% and a number of states were under 1%.

Before responding appeals for donations or if you’re merely curious, you can check out the list using the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s searchable database. Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that his office will be contacting nonprofits on the list to determine if the organizations still exist and their future plans.

The IRS will update its revocation list monthly;  it will be interesting to see how many more are revoked now that this year’s filing deadline (May 15)  has passed for most organizations.

Claudia Y.W. Herrold
vice president, communications & public policy

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