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I'm representing a PTO. We need to know how to record

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I'm representing a PTO. We need to know how to record information to maintain our exempt status for a particular special event. We would like to do a prom dress sale in January in the High School Gym. It may become an annual event. It will all be done with a volunteer staff. The public is encouraged to bring in their gentle used dresses for resale. We would like to charge a $5 entry fee to display the dress and if the dress sells get a 10% commission for the PTO and 90% going back to the individual. The PTO proceed go to the After Prom Event we hold for the students each year. Is this unrelated business income? What are the IRS tax implication and requirements necessary to stay compliant.
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Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

For most organizations, an activity is an unrelated business (and subject to unrelated business income tax) if it meets three requirements:

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/unrelated-business-income-defined

Based on the information you provided, it does not appear that the prom dress sale will be considered unrelated business income.

Please let me know if I can assist you further. If I have answered your question, please take a moment to rate my answer since that is the only way I receive credit for answering you.

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  1. It is a trade or business,

  2. It is regularly carried on, and

  3. It is not substantially related to furthering the exempt purpose of the organization.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
that I understand why it's not a ubi, I assume it's because we only do it once a year and do not compete against any other business? My concern is with individuals with the public possibility benefiting personal. Most resale dress earn less than the original price. Do we need to be concerned if a person should profit (sell a dress greater than the original price)? Could it be considered an income or fringe benefit for the individual? If so, do we have to report that in any way? If the answer is that we don't have to report anything, please explain why. Thanks for your help. We had too many opinions & need good answers...��
Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Sorry not in a good place now for a phone call now. Sorry

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You asked about UBI for your PTO, and the information you provided would indicate that the prom dress sale will not be considered as unrelated business income because it does not meet the three requirements as outlined by the IRS.

You would report the payment to the individual as an expense of the PTO. The individual is responsible for reporting her own income.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
Ok, good. That helps & helps me to explain it to the rest of the group when we meet next week. Greatly appreciate the answers! Thank you! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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