Non–profit organizations are those which do not
have owners, and any money brought in by the organization
is then used to reach the organization’s goals. While employees of the organization can collect
a salary, those salaries are not excessive and are not based on the amount of
money brought in by the organization. Surplus funds are funneled back into the
organization in order to continue meeting the goals of the organization.
Previous to laws and regulations, many non–profit organizations utilized a large percentage of
monies brought in to pay the salaries of employees. Those salaries were
sometimes excessive and included bonuses for the president and those that held
certain positions within the organization. In addition, shareholders were able
to sell their stocks for profit and any organization which
could be considered a non–profit was
able to avoid taxes.
However, there are new laws, especially in
the United states, which govern the rules that make a business a non–profit organization. Shareholders are no longer able to
sell their ownership in order to make a profit. In addition, the salaries of
employees cannot be excessive and cannot exceed monies spent to reach the goals
of the non–profit organization.
While non–profit organizations still receive tax breaks, they must
follow very specific rules to avoid paying taxes on the income of that
organization. They can also avoid taxes on the property where the organization
is located, as long as they adhere to the specific local and Federal rules and laws that govern non–profit organizations.