Good Missions for Arts Organizations

In order to qualify for tax-exempt status with the IRS, nonprofit organizations need to express a mission and purpose that has a public benefit. This is the essential bargain being offered by government: we allow you to avoid paying taxes on the proceeds of your work if you can suggest how and why your organization’s work will provide real and tangible benefits to individuals, communities and/or society as a whole. It seems like a good deal to me. Organizations that have an outward-looking mission should earn this exemption, while those that are only doing what they do for their own benefit should not. READ MORE

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