NAPS responds to story on loss of tax-exempt status

The National Association of Postal Supervisors posted the following statement in its NAPSHQ 2 U Newsletter regarding our June 10 story on the loss of tax exempt status. As the statement points out, it was the NAPS local branch in Alexandria VA, not the national office (also located in Alexandria) that had its tax exempt status revoked, along with numerous other NAPS locals, and the local units of other postal employee organizations:

On June 10, Postalnews.com come ‘Tweeted" and posted on its website; NAPS loses tax exempt status for failure to file returns. This is a half-truth. Your NAPS National Office at 1727 King St, STE 400 in Alexandria VA did NOT lose its tax-exempt status. Postalnews.com made it appear that we did.

Unfortunately, many of our local NAPS branches throughout the country had their tax-exempt status revoked for "failing to file an annual information return or notice with the IRS for three consecutive years". One such NAPS branch had a mailing address listed in Alexandria, VA; which gave the appearance it was NAPS HQ.

Furthermore, NAPS local branches were not the only "postal-related" organizations on the IRS list. Postalnews.com reported that local units of the League of Postmasters and NAPUS, local and auxiliary units of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, Postal Police and National Alliance of Postal Employees also had their tax-exemptions revoked.

The reason an organization appeared on the IRS list of organizations, whose tax-exempt status has been automatically revoked, was because IRS records indicated the organization had a filing requirement and did not file the required returns or notices for 2007, 2008 and 2009. The IRS is contacting those impacted organizations with a letter informing them of their tax-exempt revocation.

Impacted NAPS Branches may request reinstatement of their tax-exempt status. I suggest these branches visit www.irs.gov to get the full instructions on requesting reinstatement. Again, NAPS Headquarters did not have its tax-exempt status revoked for not filing the proper tax returns. Your NAPS national office remains tax-exempt/non-profit.

via NAPSHQ 2 U Newsletter-June 24, 2011.