Financial and Legal Issues
The information in this financial and legal section is provided as general information only, for the consideration of homeschool group leaders. For specific legal advice, please consult an attorney.
While HSLDA offers legal advocacy for member families, and homeschool groups may be comprised of those member families, groups are not HSLDA members. However, our group services staff, with more than twenty years experience in local and/or state support group leadership, can often assist groups by providing examples of how other leaders have handled similar circumstances.
501(c) 3 Compliance—IRS articles, FAQs, tax guides, fact sheet; particularly helpful for political intervention compliance.
Active legal cases offer information about some of HSLDA’s current legal cases.
Addressing Child Abuse—Information from HSLDA on preventing, identifying, and responding to child abuse in homeschooling families.
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public’s trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.
HomeschoolCopyright.com—About copyright law—What is fair use? This site, specifically for homeschoolers, explains fair use in the context of homeschooling and includes a copyright quiz and a short video.
“The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization”—HSLDA webinar with Carol Topp, CPA
“Preserving a Charitable Exemption” by Louis E. Michelson
Sample by-laws for Christian local and state organizations (from The Teaching Home)
“Seven Great Reasons to Incorporate” by Carol Topp
“Statements of Faith--What, Why, How?” by Cam Leedahl
Money Management for Homeschool Organizations by Carol Topp, CPA. (e-book)
“How Do We Become a Recognized Nonprofit?” by Carol Topp, CPA
“Do We Need to Incorporate?” by Carol Topp, CPA
Q&A for Homeschool Leaders (e-book) by Carol Topp, CPA—The most frequently asked questions from homeschool leaders on the IRS, nonprofit and tax exempt status, boards, conflict, money, fund raising, volunteers, paying workers and insurance.
“Preparing Homeschoolers for Conflict”—Peacemaker Ministries’ Annette Friesen talks to leaders about preparing for possible conflict. Includes conciliation clauses and more.
Check with your state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, as well as with your county and/or municipality, for any licensing or registration requirements (or exemption procedures). Certain types of fundraising without a license may be subject to fines.
“Easy Fundraisers for Groups” — podcast by Carol Topp
“Legal Issues for Support Groups” by HSLDA
(Includes incorporation, liability, nonprofit, tax exemption, taxes)
“Tax Information for Small Non-Profits” by J. Michael Smith, HSLDA