Recognition as a Public Charity and Tax Exempt Status - GRANTED

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05 Nov 2015 18:01 #207765 by Br. John
We are officially recognized as a Public Charity - a 501(c)3 organization. We'll be listed in the federal registry. Now I'll file for Texas exemption which will be automatic with the submission of the letter. This is history. The ruling is retroactive to the date I filed - October 3, 2015.

The Order is the first Jedi organization in the world to attain this.

Celebrate.

According to the Arabic proverb, there are no such things as a Phoenix, a Ghoul, or a True Bosom Friend, but I say to you that I found them all among my neighbors. ~ Kahlil Gibran
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05 Nov 2015 19:05 #207773 by Slebo
Holy Vader's Voicebox!!!!!
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05 Nov 2015 20:42 #207780 by Rick D
I feel like running down the street, yelling like Steve Martin in "The Jerk"!

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05 Nov 2015 20:47 #207781 by LTK
That's awesome. Thx for your work on that Br. John!

(Time to pull out my dusty wallet...a donation is in order!)

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05 Nov 2015 20:59 #207783 by Adder
Utinni!!! :dry: :lol:

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05 Nov 2015 21:08 #207787 by KageKeeper
That is so cool to hear! Wonderful news!

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05 Nov 2015 21:14 #207790 by Carlos.Martinez3
Three cheers!!!

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05 Nov 2015 21:22 #207795 by Phortis Nespin
Congratulations Br John and to the Temple of the Jedi Order.

Thank You Br John for all that you have done on behalf of this Organization.



The Force is not about what you are wanting to achieve, it is about your ability to listen to the Universe, and answer its call!

I am a Jedi, My continuing goal is the balance of all things in life. It is to treat everyone with kindness and compassion.

I do not believe in social tolerance...I believe in mutual respect!
I don't tolerate you, I respect our differences, our similarities, and your right to whatever I have a right to.


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05 Nov 2015 21:27 #207797 by Proteus


:P

It seems that I know that I know.
What I would like to see is the 'I' that knows me when I know that I know that I know.
- Alan Watts
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06 Nov 2015 03:45 #207847 by Br. John
This is laying groundwork so we're ready for the future which could come any day now. Someone might donate who would not have otherwise. If we put some money in dividend paying stocks they can grow and grow tax free. Years down the line this can add up considerably. When we finally establish our first physical Temple there will be no property taxes. If I purchase something within the State of Texas for The Order, such as an ID Card maker, we won't pay sales tax on it. We're eligible to apply for grants for various purposes. These are hardly all the benefits. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity because we were not in the federal registry. We will start showing up there in four or five weeks but our recognition is retroactive to October 3, 2015.

According to the Arabic proverb, there are no such things as a Phoenix, a Ghoul, or a True Bosom Friend, but I say to you that I found them all among my neighbors. ~ Kahlil Gibran

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