Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the month of January, you can’t have missed the barrage of T.V. and radio commercials telling you that it’s time to file your annual tax returns. While most of us understand that there is no escaping filing personal tax returns, I frequently receive questions from community association clients about whether it is necessary that their community association file a federal tax return.
Contrary to what many community association members may think, the fact that a community association is a non-profit organization does not mean that it is a tax-exempt organization, such as a 501(c)(3). Rather, non-profit status is different from being exempt from income taxes. Non-profit corporations can make a profit, although they differ from a for-profit corporation because the profits remain in the organization rather than being distributed to the members, as they would be in a for-profit corporation.