The Interpreter Foundation and the IRS



IRS headquarters in Washington DC
Franz Kafka wrote a relevant story called Das Schloss (“The Castle”)
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The Interpreter Foundation is still without the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that it seeks.


We’re waiting.  More or less patiently.  Well over a year since our application.  The IRS appears to be running roughly eighteen months behind.


Incredible.  I frankly doubt that most newly founded charitable groups can survive so long a delay.


Fortunately, though, we didn’t include the words patriot or Constitution or Tea Party in the materials that we submitted to the IRS.


I’m assured by the attorney who volunteered to help us with our application that there is no reason to expect that our petition won’t be granted, and it seems that all donations received between application and grant of status will be retroactively treated by the IRS as tax-free.


Still — and particularly at this season, when many Americans make their year-end charitable donations — it’s incredibly frustrating to be unable to aggressively solicit donations for a very worthy effort that has been extraordinarily productive on a very tiny budget.



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  • Brock Lesnar


    18 months? That is surprising to me.

    Are you sure your application was prepared properly? The only reason I ask is that I’ve had several (at least 6) 501(c)(3) applications processed and approved during the last 18 months. In my experience, the process takes around 3-4 months at the most.

    Something does not sound right. Email me if you need another pair of eyes to review your application.

  • Bob Oliverio

    Are you sure that you provided the IRS enough information for them to conclude the Interpreter Foundation is really a non-prophet organization?

    • DanielPeterson

      I certainly hope not.

      • rameumptom

        Obviously, the words “Daniel” and “Peterson” set off alarms among the liberal IRS gangstas….

  • Craig L. Foster

    Perhaps we should rename the organization to Barack is our Hero or Americans who Love Obamacare. Or we could claim a close connection to some Obama family member and then the application would sail through the system…