My unit is chartered to a Catholic church in a diocese that in April of this year directed its parishes to notify their affiliated organizations (including but not limited to scouting units) to discontinue use of the Diocesan EIN. All units in the diocese including mine should be in the process of applying for their own EINs using IRS form SS-4. We have two immediate concerns:
The “Responsible Party” fields (Lines 7a, 7b) on the SS-4 requires us to list an individual. Our council recommends either the Chartered Organization Representative or Committee Chairperson be entered here. What sort of tax liability or other risks should this individual be prepared to accept?
By being assigned its own EIN, will the unit lose the non-profit status it had enjoyed through use of the Diocesan EIN? Aside from needing it to open a unit bank account, we had used the Diocesan EIN to verify eligibility for discounts available to non-profit organizations (e.g. campsites at county parks) as well as technology products such as Google Workspace for Nonprofits.
Thanks in advance for sharing any experience or insight you may have with one or both of these issues.