Burien CARES Animal Control Approved for Tax-Exempt Status
Burien CARES Animal Control announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) that it received official notice from the IRS on Monday (Sept. 10) that its application for 501(c)(3) status was approved, retroactive to May 1, 2011, when the animal control organization began operations.
This 501(c)(3) status “allows past and future donors to CARES to deduct their contributions from their federal income tax,” according to an announcement. The designation also provides more opportunities for CARES to apply for and obtain government grants. Further, CARES is now exempt from paying sales tax on its purchases of pet food and other supplies.
Here’s the text of that letter, as released by CARES Director Debra George (download a PDF of it here):
We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 of 2522 of the Code. Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.
Organizations exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. We determined that you are a public charity under the Code section(s) listed in the heading of this letter.
Please see enclosed Publication 4221-PC, compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities, for some helpful information about your responsibilities as an exempt organization.
HoIIy O. Paz
Director, Exempt Organizations Rullngs and Agreements
CARES director Debra George said she was elated after receiving the letter from the IRS.
“This is an important document for us,” she said. “It allows us to continue to move forward in a positive direction.”
George also reported that CARES’ first annual “Wags to Riches” rummage sale held last Saturday (Sept. 8) was a tremendous success.
“We want to thank the Burien community and volunteers for all their efforts and donations for our fundraiser, which raised $2,000,” she said. “We are looking forward to our next fundraising event in the first quarter of next year.”