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Form 1120-POL U.S.

Income Tax Return

for Certain Political Organizations
OMB No. 1545-0129

Department of the Treasury

Internal Revenue Service 1997
For calendar year 1997 or other tax year beginning , 1997, and ending , 19 .
Note: If you are a section 501(c) organization or a separate segregated fund described in section 527(f)(3), check here ©
Name of organization Employer identification number
Please print or type

Number, street, and room or suite no. (If a P.O. box, see page 4 of instructions.) Candidates for U.S. Congress Only
If this is a principal campaign committee, and it is the
ONLY political committee, check here
City or town, state, and ZIP code If this is a principal campaign committee, but is NOT
the only political committee, check here and attach a
copy of designation (See instructions on page 2.)
Check if: (1) Final return (2) Change of address (3) Amended return
1 Dividends (attach schedule) 1
2 Interest 2
3 Gross rents 3

4 Gross royalties 4
5 Capital gain net income (attach Schedule D (Form 1120)) 5
6 Net gain or (loss) from Form 4797, Part II, line 18 (attach Form 4797) 6
7 Other income and nonexempt function expenditures (see instructions) 7
8 Total income. Add lines 1 through 7 8
9 Salaries and wages 9
10 Repairs and maintenance 10
11 Rents 11
12 Taxes and licenses 12

13 Interest 13
14 Depreciation (attach Form 4562) 14
15 Other deductions (attach schedule) 15
16 Total deductions. Add lines 9 through 15 16
17 Taxable income before specific deduction of $100 (see instructions). Section 501(c) organizations show:
a Amount of net investment income ©
b Aggregate amount expended for an exempt function (attach schedule) © 17c
18 Specific deduction of $100 (not allowed for newsletter funds defined under section 527(g)) 18
19 Taxable income. Subtract line 18 from line 17c (If line 19 is zero or less, do not file Form 1120-POL.) 19
20 Income tax (see instructions) 20
21 Tax credits (Attach all applicable forms.) (see instructions) 21
22 Total tax. Subtract line 21 from line 20 22

23 Payments: a Tax deposited with Form 7004

b Credit for tax paid on undistributed capital gains (attach Form 2439) 23b
c Credit for Federal tax on fuels (attach Form 4136) 23c
d Total. Add lines 23a through 23c 23d
24 Tax due. Subtract line 23d from line 22. See instructions on page 3 for depository method of payment 24
25 Overpayment. Subtract line 22 from line 23d 25
1 At any time during the 1997 calendar year, did the organization have an interest in or a signature or other authority over a
financial account (such as a bank account, securities account, or other financial account) in a foreign country? (See instructions.) Yes No
If “Yes,” enter the name of the foreign country ©

2 During the tax year, did the organization receive a distribution from, or was it the grantor of, or transferor
to, a foreign trust? Yes No
If ‘‘Yes,’’ see page 4 for other forms the organization may have to file.
3 Enter the amount of tax-exempt interest received or accrued during the tax year © $
4 Date organization formed ©
5a The books are in care of © b Enter name of candidate ©
c The books are located at © d Telephone No. ©
Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return, including accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge
Please and belief, it is true, correct, and complete. Declaration of preparer (other than taxpayer) is based on all information of which preparer has any knowledge.
Here © Signature of officer Date © Title

signature © Date
Check if
self-employed ©
Preparer’s social security no.

Firm’s name (or EIN ©
Use Only yours, if self-employed)
and address ZIP code ©

For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see instructions on page 4. Cat. No. 11523K Form 1120-POL (1997)
Form 1120-POL (1997) Page 2
nomination or election to any Federal, state, Exempt Function Income
General Instructions or local elective public office. The fund is
Section references are to the Internal maintained exclusively for the preparation and Exempt function income is the total of all
Revenue Code unless otherwise noted. circulation of the individual’s newsletter. amounts received from the following sources
(to the extent that they are separately
Separate segregated fund. A separate
A Change To Note segregated fund maintained by a section
segregated only for use for an exempt
For changes to the rules requiring electronic 501(c) organization (exempt from tax under
deposit of taxes, see Depository Method of section 501(a)) is treated as a political 1. Contributions of money and property.
Tax Payment on page 3. organization. For more information, see 2. Membership dues, fees, or assessments
section 527(f) and Regulations section paid by a member of a political party.
Purpose of Form 1.527-2(b). 3. Proceeds from a political fundraising, or
Form 1120-POL is used to report the taxable entertainment event, or from the sale of
income and income tax liability of political Taxable Income of $100 or Less political campaign materials, if those amounts
organizations. A political organization, other than a are not received in the active conduct of a
newsletter fund, is not required to file Form trade or business.
Who Must File 1120-POL if its taxable income before the 4. Proceeds from the conduct of a bingo
A political organization must file Form specific deduction of $100 is $100 or less. game, as described in section 513(f)(2).
1120-POL if the organization has any political Newsletter funds cannot claim the specific
organization taxable income. deduction of $100. When and Where To File
In general, an organization must file Form
Political Organizations Taxable Income 1120-POL by the 15th day of the 3rd month
A political organization is a party, committee, Political organization taxable income is the after the end of the tax year.
association, fund (including a separate excess of (1) gross income for the tax year If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday,
segregated fund described in section 527(f)(3) (excluding exempt function income) over or legal holiday, the organization may file on
set up by a section 501(c) organization), or (2) deductions directly connected with the the next business day.
other organization, organized and operated earning of gross income. Taxable income is
File Form 1120-POL with the Internal
primarily for the purpose of accepting figured with the following adjustments:
Revenue Service Center, Ogden, UT 84201.
contributions or making expenditures, or 1. A specific deduction of $100 is allowed
both, to influence the selection, nomination, Private delivery services. You can use
(but not for newsletter funds).
election, or appointment of any individual to certain private delivery services designated by
2. The net operating loss deduction is not the IRS to meet the “timely mailing as timely
any public office or office in a political allowed.
organization, or the election of Presidential or filing/paying” rule for tax returns and
3. The dividends-received deduction and payments. The IRS publishes a list of the
Vice Presidential electors. Political
other special deductions for corporations are designated delivery services in September of
organizations include principal campaign
not allowed. See section 527(c)(2). each year. The list published in September
committees, newsletter funds, and certain
tax-exempt organizations. Newsletter fund taxable income. Taxable 1997 includes only the following:
Principal campaign committee. A principal
income of a newsletter fund is figured in the ● Airborne Express (Airborne): Overnight Air
same manner as taxable income of a political Express Service, Next Afternoon Service,
campaign committee is the political
organization except that the specific Second Day Service.
committee designated by a candidate for U.S.
deduction of $100 is not allowed. ● DHL Worldwide Express (DHL): DHL “Same
Congress as his or her principal campaign
committee for purposes of section 302(e) of Exempt organizations that are not political Day” Service, DHL USA Overnight.
the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 organizations. Taxable income for an exempt ● Federal Express (FedEx): FedEx Priority
and section 527(h). section 501(c) organization that is not a Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight, FedEx
political organization is the lesser of (1) the 2 Day.
If a candidate for U.S. Congress elects to
amount spent for an exempt function during
make a designation under section 527(h), he ● United Parcel Service (UPS): UPS Next Day
the tax year either directly or indirectly
or she must designate the principal campaign Air, UPS Next Day Air Saver, UPS 2nd Day
through another organization or (2) the net
committee by attaching a copy of the Air, UPS 2nd Day Air A.M.
investment income of the organization for the
Statement of Candidacy to Form 1120-POL. The private delivery service can tell you
tax year. This income is subject to the
This can be either the Federal Election how to get written proof of the mailing date.
adjustments under Taxable Income on this
Commission’s Form 2 or an equivalent
page. Extension. File Form 7004, Application for
statement filed with the Federal Election
Net investment income, for this purpose, is Automatic Extension of Time To File
Commission. The designation may also be
the excess of (1) the gross amount of Corporation Income Tax Return, to request a
made by attaching a signed statement with
interest, dividends, rents, and royalties, plus 6-month extension of time to file.
the following information:
the excess, if any, of gains from the sale or
● The candidate’s name and address. Who Must Sign
exchange of assets, over the losses from the
● The candidate’s identifying number. sale or exchange of assets, over (2) the The return must be signed and dated by:
● The candidate’s party affiliation and office deductions directly connected with the ● The president, vice president, treasurer,
sought. production of this income. assistant treasurer, chief accounting officer, or
● The district and state in which the office is
Exempt Function ● Any other organization officer (such as tax
officer) authorized to sign.
● The name and address of the principal The exempt function of a political
organization is the function of influencing or Receivers, trustees, and assignees must
campaign committee.
attempting to influence the selection, the also sign and date any return filed on behalf
Note: If the candidate for U.S. Congress has of an organization.
a designation in effect from an earlier year, nomination, election, or appointment of any
individual to any Federal, state, local public If an organization officer completed Form
attach a copy of the earlier year’s designation
office, or office of a political organization, or 1120-POL, the Paid Preparer’s space should
to this year’s Form 1120-POL and check the
the election of Presidential or Vice remain blank. Anyone who prepares Form
appropriate box on the form. See Regulations
Presidential electors, whether or not the 1120-POL but does not charge the
section 1.527-9. If a candidate for U.S.
individuals or electors are selected, organization should not sign the return.
Congress has only one political campaign
nominated, elected, or appointed. The term Generally, anyone who is paid to prepare the
committee, no designation is required.
“exempt function” also means the making of return must sign it and fill in the Paid
However, be sure to check the appropriate
expenditures relating to the individual’s office, Preparer’s Use Only area.
box on Form 1120-POL.
once selected, nominated, elected, or The paid preparer must complete the
Newsletter fund. A newsletter fund is a fund appointed, but only if the expenditures would required preparer information and:
established and maintained by an individual be deductible by an individual under section
who holds, has been elected to, or is a ● Sign the return, by hand, in the space
162(a). provided for the preparer’s signature
candidate (as defined in section 527(g)(3)) for
Form 1120-POL (1997) Page 3
(signature stamps and labels are not ● It was required to electronically deposit the organization can show that the failure to
acceptable). taxes in prior years, file on time was due to reasonable cause.
● Give a copy of the return to the taxpayer. ● It deposited more than $50,000 in social Organizations that file late must attach a
security, Medicare, and withheld income statement explaining the reasonable cause.
Accounting Methods and taxes in 1996, or Penalty for late payment of tax. An
● It did not deposit social security, Medicare, organization that does not pay the tax when
Periods due may have to pay a penalty of 1⁄2 of 1% of
or withheld income taxes in 1995 or 1996, but
Figure taxable income using the method of deposited more than $50,000 in other taxes the unpaid tax for each month or part of a
accounting regularly used in keeping the under section 6302 (such as the organization month the tax is not paid, up to a maximum
organization’s books and records. Permissible income tax) in either year. of 25% of the unpaid tax. The penalty will not
methods include: be imposed if the organization can show that
For details, see Regulations section
● Cash, 31.6302-1(h). the failure to pay on time was due to
● Accrual, or reasonable cause.
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment
● Any other method authorized by the Other penalties. Other penalties can be
System (EFTPS) must be used to make
Internal Revenue Code. imposed for negligence, substantial
electronic deposits. If the organization is
understatement of tax, and fraud. See
In all cases, the method used must clearly required to make electronic deposits and fails
sections 6662 and 6663.
show taxable income. to do so, it may be subject to a 10% penalty.
Under the accrual method, an amount is Note: A penalty will not be imposed prior to Attachments
includible in income when all the events have July 1, 1998, if the organization was first
Attach Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax
occurred that fix the right to receive the required to use EFTPS on or after July
Paid on Fuels, after page 1 of Form
income and the amount can be determined 1,1997.
1120-POL. Attach schedules in alphabetical
with reasonable accuracy. See Regulations Organizations that are not required to make order and other forms in numerical order after
section 1.451-1(a) for details. electronic deposits may voluntarily participate Form 4136.
Generally, an accrual basis taxpayer can in EFTPS. To enroll in EFTPS, call
Complete every applicable entry space on
deduct accrued expenses in the tax year 1-800-945-8400 or 1-800-555-4477. For
Form 1120-POL. Do not write “See attached”
when: general information about EFTPS, call
instead of completing the entry spaces. If you
● All events that determine the liability have 1-800-829-1040.
need more space on the forms or schedules,
occurred, Deposits with Form 8109 attach separate sheets using the same size
● The amount of the liability can be figured and format as on the printed forms. Show the
with reasonable accuracy, and If the organization does not use EFTPS, deposit totals on the printed forms. Attach these
● Economic performance takes place with organization income tax payments with Form separate sheets after all the schedules and
respect to the expense. 8109. Do not send deposits directly to an IRS forms. Be sure to put the organization’s name
office. Mail or deliver the completed Form 8109 and EIN on each sheet.
There are exceptions to the economic with the payment to a qualified depositary for
performance rule for certain items, including
recurring expenses. See section 461(h) and
Federal taxes or to the Federal Reserve bank
(FRB) servicing the organization’s geographic
Specific Instructions
the related regulations for the rules for
determining when economic performance
area. Make checks or money orders payable to Period Covered
that depositary or FRB. To help ensure proper
takes place. crediting, write the organization’s EIN, the tax File the 1997 return for calendar year 1997
Generally, the organization may only period to which the deposit applies, and “Form and fiscal years that begin in 1997 and end in
change the method of accounting used to 1120-POL” on the check or money order. 1998. For a fiscal year, fill in the tax year
report taxable income (for income as a whole Records of these deposits will be sent to the spaces at the top of the form.
or for any material item) by getting consent IRS. Note: The 1997 Form 1120-POL may also be
on Form 3115, Application for Change in A penalty may be imposed if the deposits used if (1) the organization has a tax year of
Accounting Method. For more information, are mailed or delivered to an IRS office rather less than 12 months that begins and ends in
get Pub. 538, Accounting Periods and than to an authorized depositary or FRB. For 1998 and (2) the 1998 Form 1120-POL is not
Methods. more information on deposits, see the available at the time the organization is
Change in accounting period. Generally, instructions in the coupon booklet (Form required to file its return. However, the
before changing an accounting period, the 8109) and Pub. 583, Starting a Business and organization must show its 1998 tax year on
Commissioner’s approval must be obtained Keeping Records. the 1997 Form 1120-POL and incorporate any
(Regulations section 1.442-1) by filing Form tax law changes that are effective for tax
Caution: If the organization owes tax when it years beginning after 1997.
1128, Application To Adopt, Change, or
files Form 1120-POL, do not include the
Retain a Tax Year. Also see Pub. 538. Address. Include the suite, room, or other unit
payment with the tax return. Instead, mail or
number after the street address. If the Post
deliver the payment with Form 8109 to a
Rounding Off to Whole qualified depositary or FRB, or use EFTPS, if
Office does not deliver mail to the street address
Dollars and the organization has a P.O. box, show the
box number instead of the street address.
The organization may show amounts on the
return and accompanying schedules as whole Interest and Penalties Note: If a change in address occurs after the
return is filed, the organization should use
dollars. To do so, drop any amount less than Interest. Interest is charged on taxes paid Form 8822, Change of Address, to notify the
50 cents and increase any amount from 50 late even if an extension of time to file is IRS of the new address.
cents through 99 cents to the next higher granted. Interest is also charged on penalties
dollar. imposed for failure to file, negligence, fraud, Final return, change of address, amended
gross valuation overstatements, and return. If the organization ceases to exist,
Depository Method of Tax substantial understatement of tax from the check the “Final return” box.
Payment due date (including extensions) to the date of If the organization has changed its address
payment. The interest charge is figured at a since it last filed a return, check the box for
The organization must pay the tax due in full “Change of address.”
rate determined under section 6621.
no later than the 15th day of the 3rd month
Penalty for late filing of return. An To amend a previously filed Form
after the end of the tax year. Some
organization that does not file its tax return 1120-POL, file a corrected Form 1120-POL
organizations (described below), are required
by the due date, including extensions, may and check the “Amended return” box.
to electronically deposit all depository taxes,
including organization income tax payments. be penalized 5% of the unpaid tax for each Employer identification number (EIN). Show
month or part of a month the return is late, the correct EIN in the space provided. If the
Electronic Deposit Requirement up to a maximum of 25% of the unpaid tax. organization does not have an EIN, it should
The minimum penalty for a return that is more apply for one on Form SS-4, Application for
The organization must make electronic
than 60 days late is the smaller of the tax due Employer Identification Number. Form SS-4
deposits of all depository tax liabilities that
or $100. The penalty will not be imposed if can be obtained at Social Security
occur after 1997 if—
Form 1120-POL (1997) Page 4

Administration (SSA) offices or by calling 1. Enter taxable income (line 19, 2. The organization owns more than 50%
1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). If the Form 1120-POL) of the stock in any corporation that would
organization has not received its EIN by the 2. Enter line 1 or $50,000, answer “Yes” to item 1 above.
time the return is due, write “Applied for” in whichever is less Get Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign
the space provided for the EIN. See Pub. 583 3. Subtract line 2 from line 1 Bank and Financial Accounts, to see if the
for more information. 4. Enter line 3 or $25,000, organization is considered to have an interest
Income and deductions. Campaign whichever is less in or signature or other authority over a
contributions and other exempt function 5. Subtract line 4 from line 3 financial account in a foreign country.
income are not includible in income; likewise, If “Yes” is checked for this question, file
6. Enter line 5 or $9,925,000,
campaign expenditures and other exempt whichever is less Form TD F 90-22.1 by June 30, 1998, with
function expenditures are not deductible. the Department of the Treasury at the
7. Subtract line 6 from line 5
Generally, to be deductible in computing address shown on the form. Because Form
political organization taxable income, 8. Multiply line 2 by 15%
TD F 90-22.1 is not a tax return, do not file it
expenses must be directly connected with the 9. Multiply line 4 by 25% with Form 1120-POL.
production of political organization taxable 10. Multiply line 6 by 34% You can get Form TD F 90-22.1 from an
income. In those cases where expenses are IRS Distribution Center or by calling
11. Multiply line 7 by 35%
attributable to the production of both exempt 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
function income and political organization 12. If line 1 is greater than
$100,000, enter the smaller of: Also, if “Yes” is checked for this question,
taxable income, the expenses should be
5% of taxable income in enter the name of the foreign country or
allocated on a reasonable and consistent excess of $100,000, or
basis; only the portion allocable to the countries. Attach a separate sheet if
production of political organization taxable necessary.
13. If line 1 is greater than $15
income may be deducted. No deduction is million, enter the smaller of: Question 2
allowed for general administrative or indirect 3% of taxable income in
expenses. excess of $15 million or If you checked “Yes,” to Question 2, the
Line 7, Other income and nonexempt $100,000 organization may be required to file Form
function expenditures. Enter the total 14. Add lines 8 through 13. Enter 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions
income from other sources, such as exempt here and on line 20, Form With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain
function income that was not properly 1120-POL Foreign Gifts. For details, get Form 3520.
segregated for exempt functions and income Note: Estimated tax and alternative minimum Question 3
received in the ordinary course of a trade or tax do not apply to political organizations.
business. Also include on this line the total In the space provided, show any tax-exempt
expenditures that were made from exempt Line 21, Tax credits. The organization may interest received or accrued. Include any
function income that were not for an exempt qualify for the following credits: exempt-interest dividends received as a
function and resulted in a direct or indirect Foreign tax credit. See Form 1118, Foreign shareholder in a mutual fund or other
financial benefit to the political organization. Tax Credit—Corporations. regulated investment company.
Also include on line 7 those expenditures that Credit for fuel produced from a
were illegal. Attach a schedule listing all nonconventional source. See section 29 for a Paperwork Reduction
income and expenditures included on line 7. definition of qualified fuels, provisions for
See Regulations section 1.527-5 for examples figuring the credit, and other special rules. Act Notice
of these types of expenditures. Qualified electric vehicle credit. See Form We ask for the information on this form to
Also include ordinary income from the trade 8834, Qualified Electric Vehicle Credit, and carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the
or business activities of a partnership (from section 30. United States. You are required to give us the
Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), line 1). The general business credit (but not the information. We need it to ensure that you are
Line 17, Taxable income before specific Indian employment credit, the work complying with these laws and to allow us to
deduction of $100. Political organizations, opportunity credit, the welfare-to-work credit, figure and collect the right amount of tax.
newsletter funds, and separate segregated or the empowerment zone employment You are not required to provide the
funds: Subtract line 16 from line 8 and enter credit). See Form 3800, General Business information requested on a form that is
the result on line 17(c). Credit. subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act
Exempt organizations that are not Enter the total amount of these credits on unless the form displays a valid OMB control
political organizations: Complete lines 17a line 21 and attach the appropriate forms. number. Books or records relating to a form
and 17b if the organization made exempt or its instructions must be retained as long as
Line 22. If the political organization must
function expenditures that were not from a their contents may become material in the
recapture any of the qualified electric vehicle
separate segregated fund. Enter the lesser of administration of any Internal Revenue law.
credit, include the amount of the recapture in
line 17a or 17b on line 17c. See Exempt Generally, tax returns and return information
the total for line 22. On the dotted line next to
organizations that are not political are confidential, as required by section 6103.
the entry space, write “QEV recapture” and
organizations on page 2 for a description of the amount. See Regulations section 1.30-1 The time needed to complete and file this
the amounts to enter on these lines. for details on how to figure the recapture. form will vary depending on individual
Line 20, Income tax. The rate of tax imposed circumstances. The estimated average time
depends on whether the political organization Additional Information is:
is a principal campaign committee as defined Question 1 Recordkeeping 15 hr., 32 min.
in section 527(h). The tax rate is lower for a Learning about the
principal campaign committee. Foreign financial accounts. Check the “Yes”
law or the form 6 hr., 23 min.
box if either 1 or 2 below applies to the
Political organization not a principal organization. Otherwise, check the “No” box: Preparing the form 15 hr., 18 min.
campaign committee. An organization that is Copying, assembling,
not a principal campaign committee 1. At any time during the 1997 calendar
year the organization had an interest in or and sending the
computes its tax on political organization form to the IRS 2 hr., 25 min.
taxable income as follows: Multiply line 19 by signature or other authority over a bank,
35% and enter the result on line 20. securities, or other financial account in a If you have comments concerning the
foreign country; and accuracy of these time estimates or
Principal campaign committee (section suggestions for making this form simpler, we
527(h)). A political organization that is a ● The combined value of the accounts was
more than $10,000 at any time during the would be happy to hear from you. You can
principal campaign committee of a candidate write to the Tax Forms Committee, Western
for U.S. Congress computes its tax in the calendar year; and
Area Distribution Center, Rancho Cordova,
same manner as provided in section 11(b) for ● The account was NOT with a U.S. military
CA 95743-0001. DO NOT send the tax form
corporations. Compute the tax as follows: banking facility operated by a U.S. financial
to this address. Instead, see When and
Where To File on page 2.