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501(c)(6) Business Leagues


Trade associations that meet the requirements of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(6) are exempt from federal income tax as business leagues. The same provision extends exemption to chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues. A business league is an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit. To be exempt as a business league, an organization's activities must be devoted to advancing the conditions of a particular trade or the interests of the community.

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The Numbers (United States)

  • The number of organizations registered with the IRS changed by -0 percent from 71,440 in 2002 to 63,189 in 2012.
  • The number of organizations reporting to the IRS changed -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 34,406 in 2012.
  • Total revenues for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to $50,254,438,964 in 2012.
  • Total assets for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 92,903,760,454 in 2012.

(Note: Financial data have not been adjusted for inflation.)

Statistical Tables

Registered Organizations

Organizations That File Annually with the IRS

These organizations must have at least $25,000 in gross receipts.

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