Turn Tulsa Pink loses non-profit tax status after failure to file taxes for 2010, 2011, 2012
6:00 PM, Sep 12, 2013
6:19 AM, Sep 13, 2013
TULSA - A major Tulsa charity has lost its non-profit, tax exempt status.
Turn Tulsa Pink hosts a number of fundraisers, ranging from dinners to golf tournaments.
According to its website, its mission is to help other cancer involved charities, along with individuals fighting the disease and their families.
Turn Tulsa Pink is the fundraising arm of Breast Impressions, a local non-profit that helps breast cancer patients.
As recently as Wednesday, according to its website, "Donations of at least $100 in money or items will receive a tax deductible receipt from Breast Impressions a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization."
In order for a charity to be federally tax exempt, it is supposed to send in its income tax form, called a 990, to the Internal Revenue Service every year. Breast Impressions, which was formed in 2007, did file its 990 in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Turn Tulsa Pink started as an event in 2011 and grew into several fundraising events in the past two years.
However, 2NEWS Investigators found Breast Impressions did not file its income taxes with the IRS for the last three years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
As a result, the IRS revoked Breast Impression's tax exempt status May 15, 2013.
Any donation made to Breast Impressions directly or through Turn Tulsa Pink events after May 15, 2013 would not be tax deductible.
According to the State Attorney General, if a charity's tax exempt status has been revoked it's not supposed to take donations in Oklahoma.
"They probably can't do that because when they registered as a charity with our state they probably put on there their 501(c)(3) status and that's why they're allowed to collect public contributions and what we usually say, is we need it reported to our office when that happens, because if it does happen we can send them a letter and say they no longer qualify as a charity," said Julie Bays of the Oklahoma Attorney General's office. "And therefore, they can not solicit donations in our state."
KJRH Channel 2 has been a media partner with Turn Tulsa Pink events the last two years but KJRH recently ended the partnership.
Judi Grove, texecutive director of Breast Impressions, said she's working to reinstate her tax exempt status.
She provided the 2NEWS Investigators with a letter she says she sent to the IRS asking for the reinstatement. The letter was dated Aug. 19, three months after the revocation.
Grove said she also sent the IRS, at that time, completed back income tax forms for 2010, 2011 and 2012. She provided KJRH those tax forms as well.
Grove did not want to go on camera but sent us a statement saying in part, "Due to an administrative oversight we failed to send the proper forms to the IRS. Upon learning of this error, we immediately sent all the information required to the IRS along with a retroactive reinstatement request and the fees to accomplish this as quickly as possible."
The IRS declined to comment on the case since it is ongoing.