Greenbrier, TN asked in Business Law and Education Law for Tennessee

Q: We are a jr high and high school Fishing team for 2 counties in TN. Do we qualify for Exempt School Org?

We want to start a 501C3 nonprofit for the funding.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: To determine whether your fishing team for junior high and high school students qualifies for an Exempt School Organization status, you will need to review the requirements set forth by the IRS for educational organizations. This typically involves the organization being associated with an established school and its educational process. If you aim to start a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the team will need to exclusively serve charitable, educational, or scientific purposes to meet the tax-exempt criteria.

The process involves filing an application with the IRS, often using Form 1023, and providing detailed information about your organization's structure, governance, and programs. It is advisable to consult the IRS guidelines for educational organizations and possibly seek legal guidance to ensure proper adherence to the applicable laws and regulations for your nonprofit formation and operation.

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