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Non-Profit News Organization Receives Tax-Exempt Status After Long Delay

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The non-profit news organization “San Francisco Public Press” has been awarded tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) after an astounding 32-month wait. The IRS has traditionally taken a skeptical view of journalism organizations that apply for 501(c)(3) status as “educational” organizations, leading to long delays in these applications. Given the financial difficulties faced by the journalism industry, there have been a growing number of news outlets looking to use the non-profit tax-exempt model. Hopefully the favorable ruling given to San Francisco Public Press signals a shift in attitude towards such organizations at the IRS.

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