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.
Accepting Contributions for Needy Families by Carol Topp, CPA
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.
Developing a Child Protection Policy by Darren Jones, HSLDA Staff Attorney
“Do We Need to Incorporate?” by Carol Topp, CPA
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.
“How Do We Become a Recognized Nonprofit?” by Carol Topp, CPA
“The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization” —HSLDA webinar with Carol Topp, CPA
“Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect” —U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication explains mandatory reporting laws in each state.
Money Management for Homeschool Organizations by Carol Topp, CPA. (e-book)
“Preparing Homeschoolers for Conflict” —Peacemaker Ministries’ Annette Friesen talks to leaders about preparing for possible conflict. Includes conciliation clauses and more.
“Preserving a Charitable Exemption” by Louis E. Michelson
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.
Sample Bylaws: Here are examples that homeschool groups in various states have adopted. They are used as samples by permission of the groups, although the names have been changed. Please feel free to contact HSLDA to discuss bylaws for your group.
- Sample Co-op By-Laws
- Sample Sports By-Laws
- Sample Business-like By-Laws
- Sample Group 1 By-Laws
- Sample Group 2 By-Laws
- Sample Group 3 By-Laws
- Sample Group 4 By-Laws
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
What Homeschool Leaders Don’t Know about Tax-Exempt Status by Carol Topp, CPA
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