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Douglas Secret Witness still taking tips

by Kurt Hildebrand

Secret Witness is alive and still offering rewards for tips on crimes that take place in Douglas County.

Capt. John Milby of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the nonprofit filed its 2010 report with the Internal Revenue Service.

“We have an accountant on the board of trustees and he filed for 2010,” Milby said. “We’re at a loss why the IRS has revoked our tax exempt status. We’re scratching out heads trying to figure out what the issue is.”

Milby said the organization received a letter about a week before the IRS issued a list of 2,300 nonprofits who’ve lost their tax-exempt status.

Secret Witness was one of 52 Douglas County nonprofits on the list.

Milby said Secret Witness is still on the case and accepting donations. Its tax exempt status should be restored as soon as things are sorted out with the IRS.

Most of the revocations occurred in 2010 but were just posted by the agency last year.

The IRS in June of 2011 released a list of more than 275,000 nonprofits nationwide that had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked due to failure to file annual returns.

Anyone with information about criminal activity in Douglas County is urged to call Secret Witness at 782-7463.

Anonymity is assured and payment will be made in the manner the caller prefers.