CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Internal Revenue Service yanked Nitro's Convention and Visitors Bureau nonprofit status earlier this month after the organization failed to file proper returns.
However, John Young, treasurer of the Nitro CVB, called the matter a "snafu" and said he doesn't believe the organization has to file a Form 990 -- a form that nonprofit groups use to report their finances to the IRS.
Leonard Womble, who stepped down last year as chairman of the CVB, said he told Young "there would be an issue with the status.
"I had talked to John on several different occasions and told him I didn't feel his position was correct, in that no filing was required," Womble said.
The CVB, which received its exempt status in 2010, has never filed a Form 990, required of nonprofits and charitable organizations, Young said. The IRS states on its website that after three consecutive years of not receiving the series of filings, an organization's exempt status is automatically revoked.
Jama Jarrett, vice president of operations for the Charleston CVB, said that her organization is required to file the Form 990.
There is a list of exceptions, but, according to Dave Fontalbert, chief fiscal officer for Kanawha County, convention and visitors bureaus don't qualify.