Do you understand the public support test?
Abstract: Nonprofits that aren’t careful can stray over the line that distinguishes between public charities and private foundations. This can expose nonprofits to lower tax-deductible donation limits as well as potential excise taxes and penalties. Certain organizations, including universities and churches, automatically qualify as public charities, but others must pass a public support test. This article reviews the role of public support organizations and the IRS tests that qualify such organizations.