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Tax experts: Good safeguards in place for nonprofit applications

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The Iowa Coalition of Life is just one of many conservative groups who say the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted them because of their beliefs when it came to applying for nonprofit status.

Tax experts say no matter what the organization is, applying for tax exempt status is a complicated, time-consuming process.

There are dozens of pages an organization has to answer to obtain a nonprofit status.

And with those questions, also come detailed instructions and complex terms which can make the process difficult for an individual to complete.

Tax experts say while some questions might seem a unnecessary, they're within good reason.

"When one of my bosses tells me we need to do one, it's not something where I'm excited about it," said Brian Aronson from Bergan Paulsen CPAs and Consultants in Waterloo.

Aronson said although it's not his favorite part of his job, it's rewarding to help an organization obtain tax exempt status.

"We can lend a hand with our expertise, and I enjoy that part of it, but it's not easy," he said.

Aronson said each question has a reason.

"If you don't want to pay the tax, they're going to make you answer some questions, so I guess there's some give and take," he said.

He said applications can take a few weeks, or more than a year.

He said taxpayers should appreciate the process so they know a group isn't cheating the system and obtaining tax exempt status if it doesn't meet the qualifications.

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