It can be a bit challenging to obtain recognition as a tax exempt organization by the IRS. Last month’s decision in the Oregon Tax Court in the case of Newspace Center for Photography shows that gaining exemption from local property taxes is much more challenging. The Multnomah County Assessor did not question that NCP was a 501(c)(3) organization – the gold standard for federal tax exemption. The assessor also did not question that according to its bylaws it is organized “exclusively for charitable and educational purposes”. Nonetheless, the Assessor expected to collect property tax on its facility. Read More
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