When Nonprofits Conduct Exempt Activities as Taxable Enterprises

Brief

When Nonprofits Conduct Exempt Activities as Taxable Enterprises

May 1, 2001

Abstract

When a nonprofit engages in business activities unrelated to its nonprofit purposes, taxability is usually not a question of choice; various laws and regulations require that the organization pay taxes on this income and, typically, on sales and property. For related activities, however, a nonprofit that can claim tax exemption sometimes chooses to carry out these activities in the form of a taxable enterprise. But why would an organization decide to pay more taxor at least appear to pay more taxthan the law requires?

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