UPDATED: NGVAC’s tax exempt status is revoked


Maybe the good folks at the National Gun Victims Action Council  should focus a bit more on their bookkeeping and a bit less on their correspondence.

Yesterday, they sent an open letter to Outdoor Life, Ammoland, Guns.com and of course me, accusing us of all types of pro-gun craziness because we don’t agree with their premise that accurate rifles should be banned.

I had never heard of the NGVAC until only recently, so as any investigative reporter would, I checked them out.

The group claims to be a tax exempt organization, a 501(c)(3).oops

Their donations page states: “All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

The Internal Revenue Service, however, revoked their tax exempt status on May 15 of this year.

Anyone who donated a substantial sum of money should notify their accountant.

Entering NGVAC’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) into an IRS tax exempt search page produced the following response: “The federal tax exemption of this organization was automatically revoked for its failure to file a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years.”

Guidestar.org, the best site for researching a nonprofit, has a similar warning about doing business with the Chicago-based group: “This organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.”

In an email to Martha Rosenberg, the NGVAC’s editor, I requested a copy of the group’s IRS Form 990, the filing requirement for tax exempt organizations.

Rosenberg did not provide the document. She wanted to know why I wanted the form.

Here’s my reply:


Check with your accountant or your attorney.

Federal law requires you to furnish a copy of your organization’s IRS Form 990 when asked.

It does not require the requestor to specify a reason.

Please email me a copy of the document by close of business today.



I have yet to receive the group’s tax documents. A follow-up email was similarly ignored.

Neither would Rosenberg say if the group plans to notify their donors of their revoked tax exempt status.

Here’s what the IRS had on file about the group:

Revocation Date (effective date on which organization’s tax exemption was automatically revoked):
Employer Identification Number (EIN):
Legal Name:
Doing Business As:
Mailing Address:
CHICAGO, IL 60610-4954
United States
Exemption Type:
Revocation Posting Date (date on which IRS posted notice of automatic revocation on IRS.gov):
Exemption Reinstatement Date (effective date of tax exemption, determined by the IRS
after the organization’s exemption was automatically revoked and the organization applied for reinstatement of exemption.):



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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  3. Martha,Martha,Martha,send the document ! I realize your work for a complete and total moron named Elliot Fineman but send the document asap !

  4. I worked in the non-profit world for a half dozen years. Filing a 990 is so basic, so elemental to the function of a 501c3 that failure to do so is either intentional or gross negligence that borders on the criminal.

    Either way, it raises HUGE questions about the competency of the people involved with NGVAC and what their ultimate goals are.

  5. I too requested a copy of their 990. If I don’t receive it or if they ignore me I’ll simply make use of my tax dollars and contact the IRS and file a complaint and see where that goes. Might not be a bad idea if others followed suit.

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  8. They used to claim that they had millions of members and from the first day of operation. You would think one of those millions would know how to file taxes. I wonder if there is a fraud investigation in their future?

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