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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: OSS 501(c)3/501(c)6 designations
Date Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:19:32 GMT
Sheesh, don't panic.

The concern was companies using open-source organizations as a way of conducting commercial
activity in a way that avoided taxes.  There might have been some concern with how sponsorships
earned something for the sponsors, too, and other games.  That particular scrutiny is probably
broader than open-source-related non-profit applications.  An odd twist on all of that was
the requirement, settled on several years ago, that had church's with profit-earning components
having to spin them out as taxable organizations.

That's beside the original concern that got so much attention lately over non-profit status
for organizations that engage in political activity in ways that non-profit status proscribes.
 (And hiding memberships and contributors which becomes a toxic combination.)  The IRS is
supposed to throttle that kind of thing, but it is difficult to do.  Much subjectivity.

 - Dennis

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From: Mattmann, Chris A (398J) [mailto:chris.a.mattmann@jpl.nasa.gov] 
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 04:01 PM
To: legal-discuss@apache.org
Subject: Re: OSS 501(c)3/501(c)6 designations

Yikes..

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-----Original Message-----
From: "William A. Rowe Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
Reply-To: "legal-discuss@apache.org" <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Date: Friday, June 28, 2013 2:31 PM
To: "legal-discuss@apache.org" <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Subject: OSS 501(c)3/501(c)6 designations

>We've known of it for a while, but now we have some specifics if you've
>missed the news of the week;
>
>programming.oreilly.com/2013/06/irs-wasnt-fond-of-open-source-either.html
>
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