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Workshops on nonprofit tax exemption planned for students, faculty, community organizations

September 6, 2012
Nancy Castle

Nancy M. Castle

NIU’s Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development (NGOLD) and the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership (DCNP) are co-sponsoring two opportunities to learn about tax exemption for nonprofit organizations.

The first event is a free workshop for students only. It will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in LaTourette Hall, Room 200.

A more comprehensive workshop for professionals will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center (BAVC).

“We are excited to offer this program in DeKalb,” said Melaney Partner, director of Exempt Organizations Customer Education and Outreach for the Internal Revenue Service. “We believe these workshops make information about federal tax exemption interesting, engaging and accessible.”

An exempt organizations specialist from the IRS will be leading the trainings.

“These trainings are excellent opportunities to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of tax-exempt status,” said Nancy M. Castle, NGOLD acting director and professor. “Plus the price is great compared to other professional workshops.”

While the student workshop is free of charge, fees are as follows for the day-long workshop Sept. 20: $20 for DeKalb Nonprofit Partnership members, $30 for other nonprofit organizations and $40 for those in the private sector. Lunch and handout materials will be provided.

The workshop also has been approved for 5.6 Continuing Professional Education/Continuing Education credits.

Logos of NGOLD, Internal Revenue Service and DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership“DeKalb County directly benefits from the work of over 125 active nonprofit organizations of all sizes,” said Anita Zurbrugg, DCNP coordinator and program director of the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

“Yet most of these organizations have limited resources to address governance and legal issues that directly impact them. The Sept. 20 workshop offers a great opportunity for these organizations and for those who want to support them.”

“The workshop will cover topics such as required disclosures, the form 990 series, employment issues and unrelated business income, as well as some resources and tools that may be useful for those responsible for financial reporting,” said Ben Bingle, NGOLD program coordinator.

“We see the student workshop being useful for those who are currently connected with nonprofit organizations or are looking to work in that sector,” Bingle added. “The all-day training at BAVC is recommended for nonprofit executives, staff, board members and volunteers. We also have a number of accountants, lawyers and registered tax return preparers already signed up.”

Students do not need to pre-register for the Sept. 19 workshop but pre-registrations is required for the Sept. 20 training. Registration information is available online.

For more information, call (815) 753-4410 or email [email protected].