TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - More than one hundred non-profit organizations in the Wabash Valley have lost their tax-exempt status.
As Dianne looks after her horses, she can't help but think about the hurdles her organization Bright Hope Riders is facing.
"It was devastating when I opened the envelope, and it said that we had lost our tax-exempt status," Bright Hope Riders' Dianne Mansfield said.
Bright Hope Riders provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with special needs.
The group is just one of 150 organizations in the Wabash Valley that lost their tax-exempt status.
A law passed in 2006 requires all not-for-profit organizations to file a tax return.
Organizations that are no longer tax-exempt, either didn't file their information three years in a row or it was filed improperly.
Others may have shut down without notifying the IRS.
"Somehow I missed sending in an e post card, I thought I had done it, but apparently, I had not, it was that simple," Mansfield said.
Last year, Dianne spent almost 7,000 tax-exempt dollars, in veterinary bills, food, memberships, and professional fees.
In the last 3 years, the organization received almost 9,000 dollars in grants.
Now, with out not-for-profit status, Bright Hope Riders is no longer a candidate for many of those grants.
"Everything comes from donations, grants, lesson money, and if we don't have that, we can't operate, we just simply cannot."
There is good news.
The IRS says the organizations can get their tax-exempt status back by applying for reinstatement and paying a fee.
So, while Dianne and others have some concern,
"It's just very frustrating that I have missed this and here we are."
Organizations like Bright Hope Riders get hope in knowing there is somewhere to go from here.
If you'd like to donate to an organization that is no longer tax-exempt, you can still do so.
However, your donation is no longer tax-deductible.
If you'd like to donate to Bright Hope Riders, you can email Dianne at email@example.com, call her (812) 201-6602, or send donations to:
6010 E Devonald
Terre Haute, IN 47805
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