CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County parks officials have asked the Internal Revenue Service to restore the charitable status of the Coonskin Park Foundation after federal officials had it revoked.
The foundation was set up as a nonprofit organization in 2008 to handle donations, bequests, trusts or to handle other business to benefit Coonskin Park, according to information on file at the office of Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
Although the organization remains in good standing with the state, and has filed annual reports every year, federal officials revoked the foundation's 501(c)(3) charity status in May 2012, according to the IRS.
IRS officials revoked the foundation's charitable status because the organization failed to file federal 990 tax forms, said Kanawha County Deputy Manager Dave Fontalbert.
Anna Dailey, president of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission and treasurer of the Coonskin Park Foundation, said the foundation has an accountant who keeps track of the organization's paperwork. She said the accountant didn't find out until afterward that the organization's 501(c)(3) status had been revoked.
Dailey said the foundation has filed all of its annual 990 tax forms but that one of the forms was filed late. Dailey said the foundation did not officially receive its charitable status until 2009, and the accountant was late that year filing the 990 form.
"The 2009 [form] was late, but everything else was timely filed," Dailey said.
She said the foundation's charitable status runs on a three-year cycle, and it was 2012 before the IRS revoked the organization's status.
Dailey said the accountant knows about the charitable status being revoked. "We have already asked that we be reinstated," she said.
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