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138 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Government Indian Tribal Governments IRS Definition of a Government Indian Tribal Governments

What is a Government, Indian Tribal Governments? | IRS Definition of a Government, Indian Tribal Governments

Indian tribal governments operate independently of the federal United States government, with some caveats. There are some policies that govern how and when the United States may intercede over Indian tribal sovereignty, and the rights that Indian tribal governments have with their land. This operates much like diplomatic and trade agreements. As recognition for the Native […]


137 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Government State Local IRS Definition of a Government State Local

What is a Government, State/Local? | IRS Definition of a Government, State/Local

In the United States, an individual or a business can fall under multiple government jurisdictions. This includes the federal government, state government, and local government, which may be comprised of a county or a borough. The government operates multiple government entities, such as departments of taxation. But at its simplest, the government itself is a system […]


136 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Community or Volunteer Group IRS Definition of a Community or Volunteer Group

What is a Community or Volunteer Group? | IRS Definition of a Community or Volunteer Group

A community or volunteer group can also be considered to be a social club. Depending on the organization of this group, it may need to be officially formed and may need its own EIN. A community or volunteer group that wants to have its own bank accounts, hire employees, and so forth, is going to […]


135 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Block Tenant Association IRS Definition of a Block Tenant Association

What is a Block/Tenant Association? | IRS Definition of a Block/Tenant Association

A block/tenant association is an association of tenants who want to work together to protect their own interests. Much like a union, tenants may band together to implement certain changes, such as getting maintenance and repairs completed in their units, and defending their own legal rights. Because tenants may need to collect money, pay legal fees, […]


134 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Farmers' Cooperative IRS Definition of a Farmers' Cooperative

What is a Farmers’ Cooperative? | IRS Definition of a Farmers’ Cooperative

Agricultural cooperatives are as old as agriculture itself. Due to many farmers having potentially tumultuous (and unpredictable) seasons, many farmers band together to share resources. It’s not always possible to tell whether a single farm could be stricken with bad weather, blight, or other unpredictable issues, so this provides a type of insurance against difficulties. […]


130 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Plan Administrator IRS Definition of a Plan Administrator

What is a Plan Administrator? | IRS Definition of a Plan Administrator

A plan administrator is any individual who is responsible for running a plan, such as a healthcare plan or a retirement plan, though it’s usually used in reference to a financial plan. This individual will often be consulted on the inner workings of the plan, but that does not mean that they have any final responsibility […]


127 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Household Employer IRS Definition of a Household Employer

What is a Household Employer? | IRS Definition of a Household Employer

A household employer is an individual who employs people around their home, such as maids, gardeners, and babysitters. This is not what is traditionally thought of as an “employer,” but it is still an employer. Usually a household employer pays someone on an independent contractor basis, but that’s not always true: a household employer can withhold tax from […]


126 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Employer Fiscal Agent under IRC Sec 3504 IRS Definition of a Employer Fiscal Agent under IRC Sec 3504

What is an Employer/Fiscal Agent (under IRC Sec 3504)? | IRS Definition of an Employer/Fiscal Agent (under IRC Sec 3504)

A fiscal agent is generally a bank or other financial institution that takes financial action on behalf of another entity, usually a non-profit organization or charity. As non-profits and charities may not be well-versed in making their own investments or building their own financial capital, it is necessary to ensure that they are able to […]


126 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is an FNMA Fannie Mae IRS Definition of a FNMA Fannie Mae

What is an FNMA (Fannie Mae)? | IRS Definition of an FNMA (Fannie Mae)

The Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae and FNMA, is a government-sponsored arrangement under which the government creates mortgages for mid-to-low income earners. While FNMA doesn’t provide mortgages itself, it does back mortgages that are provided by lenders, and regulate mortgages that are given to these otherwise sub-prime borrowers. The FNMA was created […]


125 ITNS FAQ ENTITY NPO What is a Political Organization IRS Definition of a Political Organization

What is a Political Organization? | IRS Definition of a Political Organization

A political organization is a non-profit organization that is specifically designed to bring in and spend money related to public office. This public office can be local, state, federal, and so forth — what matters is that it is a public position. The political organization is able to campaign for, fundraise for, and otherwise support […]


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