American Legion Post 75 to get refund of local taxes

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Apr 04, 2012 - 03:48 PM

Gloucester County officials said they will refund more than $1,800 in taxes paid recently by American Legion Post 75 as the local organization continues its efforts to regain its tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Commissioner of the Revenue Kevin Wilson said Tuesday that he discussed the matter with county attorney Ted Wilmot and then instructed treasurer Tara Thomas to refund the Legion’s recent tax payment. Wilson said he could not discuss the matter further, noting he generally does not comment on any individual property owner’s dealings with the county.

Wilmot said Tuesday that since the American Legion is recognized as tax-exempt by the Commonwealth of Virginia, then the individual posts in that organization are also considered tax-exempt for state and local purposes, as well. However, Wilmot said the Legion’s status with the IRS is a totally different issue.

Thomas said that the Legion’s tax refund check will be processed April 10. The post will receive a check to refund the $1,811.92 it paid to Gloucester County for a supplemental 2011 tax bill, along with $15.10 in interest.

As for the IRS, post adjutant Bill Kossler said American Legion Post 75 has had an ongoing dialogue with the federal agency for several years with no resolution. Kossler said the post has hired an accountant to help clear up the tax-exempt status situation.