All SVDP Councils and Conferences are required to have tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service and continue to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3).
Many of the Society’s Conferences and Councils throughout the United States have already taken the steps required to have independent tax exempt status, and have structured themselves in different ways for tax reporting purposes. The Society encourages all tax and corporate reporting to occur at the Diocesan or District Council levels of the Society (discussed as Option #1 below). Conferences and Councils are, however, free to select the best option that fits their situation. The instructive documents below will guide the Society in determining which of the three options will best suit their Council’s situation, and the steps necessary to insure their compliance with IRS requirements.