Louis E. Michelson, A Professional Corporation

Providing Legal and Tax Advisory Services to Nonprofit Organizations

Useful Links

Tax Authorities

For the Internal Revenue Service see the following link

For Continuing Professional Education Technical Program articles see the following link

For Tax Exempt Organization Search (formerly Select Check), where users can find information about a tax-exempt organization’s federal tax status and filings, which among other things lists organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, see the following link

One can search Form 990-N filed with the IRS at the following link

Selected Guidance from IRS:

IRS Publication on Churches

IRS Guidance on Intermediate Sanctions

.Easier Compliance is Goal of Intermediate Sanctions

Rebuttable Presumption is Key to Easy Intermediate Sanction Compliance

Franchise Tax Board

For a listing of tax-exempt organizations on the Franchise Tax Board Website see the following link.  The Franchise Tax Board states that this list was posted as of March 14, 2017

Here is the link to the FTB website where you can generate a letter showing an organization’s state exemption status.

Here is a link to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the State Board of Equalization)

Welfare & Veterans’ Organization Exemptions List of Eligible Organizations — see the following link

Publication 149

State of California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General – Charities

see the following link

Initial Registration Form –  CT-1 Form and General Guide for Initial Registration

Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report to Attorney General of California (Form RRF-1) and Instructions for Form RRF-1

Recent Developments at the Attorney General’s Charitable Trust Section

On March 21, 2019 Tania M. Ibanez, the Senior Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Charitable Trust Section of the California Attorney General’s Office made a presentation to California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section Nonprofit Organizations Committee.  The topics that were covered included:

  • Recent Enforcement Actions (Civil and Administrative Actions)
  • Registry of Charitable Trusts (Forms, Website and Webinars).

To view the powerpoint from this presentation see the following link.

To obtain copies of Form 990:


Economic Research Institute

California Secretary of State

California Business Connect Feasibility Study Report

Unifed Registration Statement Home Page

Legal Services Materials – Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Caution:  the following link contains documents, which a provided for general information only and are not intended as a source of legal advise.  Users are encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney.