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501(c)(4) Fundamentals


Gain insight into the inner workings of a §501(c)(4) organization.

This topic will help you understand the essential characteristics of a §501(c)(4) organization; how a §501(c)(4) EO can complement a §501(c)(3) EO; how to establish a §501(c)(4) organization and obtain recognition of its exemption. It will show you how to operate a §501(c)(4) EO within the parameters of its exempt status and other laws governing lobbying and political activity.

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Charles M.

Charles M. "Chip" Watkins, Esq.

Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP

  • Since 1986, he has been in private practice with Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP, representing and advising tax-exempt organizations, including several brother-sister §501(c)(3) and §501(c)(4) EOs
  • Worked in the office of the chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations Division (now TE/GE) from 1981-1985
  • Frequent speaker about exempt organizations topics for the Washington Nonprofit Legal & Tax Conference, the Christian Leadership Alliance, and other organizations
  • In January 2019, he addressed the American Bar Association’s Committee on exempt organizations about what are political activities for purposes of §501(c)
  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Christian Leadership Alliance
  • Can be contacted at 202-688-3548 or [email protected]
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