Hello Andrew: With such a delicate and threatening situation you described, it was something I wanted to address off line, but the e-mail connection is not there. I just wanted to be sure that others reading this response would understand that I am not an attorney, and I am not giving legal advice in any capacity. I just see it as what I would do.
I think it’s best almost always in these situations to make the best defense be a good offense. Going right to the IRS source and going fast, and especially going contrite, seems to me to be called for immediately, if not sooner.
With hat in hand, a touch of deference, and that “we need your help,” respectfully ask for a clarification of the alleged offense, and especially ask for stay or delay of their action until you are able to secure the services of an appropriate professional to guide you toward compliance.
In the meantime, find an attorney who will intercede, one from either of what must be two boards of trustees. If none, surely any number of them have their own legal counsel and from them you may get a quick pro bono attorney, or a referral to one.
Plus, check to see if there is a Legal Aid Society chapter in your area. Ask for their help.
We all welcome questions, challenges and concerns of all types here on PND Talk from anyone, but for me, your crisis is one which must be acted upon immediately with the help of an attorney. There is simply too much at stake for a misdirection of what is a very serious issue. Loss of non-profit status is a very real possibility if the leadership does not get on the ball right now. Help them to do that.
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