Keeping up with the times can be daunting for any group -- profit or non-profit. Keeping up with the paperwork can be even more of a challenge.
LOVE Akron, Inc. is a faith-based organization founded by a group of Christian Akron-area pastors to help foster collaboration and fellowship. Imagine the surprise when they learned they'd made an Internal Revenue Service listing that included more than 13,000 other Ohio non-profit organizations in danger of automatically losing their tax-exempt status for failing to file the correct paperwork for three years.
A searchable database of the more than 1,200 organizations in the greater Akron-Canton area is found here in our original coverage of the IRS listing. The list included some eye-opening names, including various Fraternal Order of Police, Knights of Columbus, dozens of church-related groups as well as a host of youth athletic league chapters across Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne Counties.
Mark Ford, executive director of LOVE Akron, was among those organizations calling to let AkronNewsNow know they were working to resolve any paperwork problems with the IRS. Ford says their records show the Form 990-EZ paperwork was compiled but the IRS told the non-profit the reports weren't received. Ford says the IRS has been "very helpful" in working to resolve the issue, and had some words of advice for other groups finding themselves on the list.
Make sure the paperwork is treated seriously, compiled correctly and filed on-time. Ford adds it doesn't hurt to make sure such important documents make their way to their intended government agency via registered mail, too.