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Business Procedures Manual

Section 23 Introduction

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Institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) are tax-exempt as instrumentalities of the State of Georgia under Section 115 of the Internal Revenue Code. Similarly, institution foundations are exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

As tax-exempt entities, USG institutions and foundations are exempt from federal income tax for activities that further their educational purpose. However, they are not exempt from income tax imposed on activities that are substantially unrelated to exempt purposes, called “Unrelated Business Income” or UBI, even though these activities may bring in funds to support exempt operations.

This section provides users with guidelines for identifying and reporting activities that are not exempt from income taxation and reporting on IRS Form 990-T. It also presents a working definition of UBI, lists activities to report as UBI – taxable, and describes principal exemptions from UBI reporting.

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