Tuesday, August 2, 2016

California Blood Bank Faces Uncertainties

A recent development in California leaves the status of a local non-profit blood bank in question. However, Hemopet is not your typical blood bank, it is a blood bank for animals. Founded in 1986, Hemopet was the nation’s first 501(c)(3) non-profit blood bank and quickly grew to national scale. Currently, Hemopet supplies 40% of the nation’s emergency canine blood, and saves the lives of thousands of dogs each year.

In 1965, a law was enacted that exempted blood banks from taxation. Unfortunately, animal blood banks were not around at the time. A recent audit by state officials led to the conclusion that Hemopet should not be considered tax exempt, and that they owed over $80,000 in unpaid taxes. A bill is set to be presented to the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations on August 3rd that will clear up the status of the non-profit. Dr. Jean Dodds, president and founder of Hemopet, believes that if the bill passes requiring Hemopet to pay the $80,000 they will be forced to shut down. In addition to the potential shortage on emergency canine blood, closing Hemopet would leave over 200 Greyhounds homeless and 45 people would lose their jobs.

Hemopet officials are encouraging Californians to contact the Assembly Committee on Appropriations to voice their support for the organization.

 

David Brennen

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nonprofit/2016/08/california-blood-bank-faces-uncertainties-.html

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Comments

Why didn't they collect the sales tax from their private paying customers? Unless there is a specific law otherwise non-profits must collect and remit sales tax just like other product providers. There was nothing unclear about the law. There was not exemption. The correct remedy is a letter of determination, not just ignoring the obligation. That is just poor management.

Posted by: Diane Blackman | Aug 7, 2016 1:22:49 PM

http://www.ngap.org/hemopet-correspondence-y353.html
https://www.citizenaudit.org/organization/954063237/HEMOPET/
Look at the two links above, you will see that Hemopet is for profit with many red flags. They personally make millions off imprisoning these dogs for an even longer time than their racing does. It is very sad and a corrupt organization with many conflicts of interest.

Posted by: Jeff | Dec 25, 2016 12:20:25 AM

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