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LITTLE ROCK -

It seems a candidate for governor is having to wait longer than usual to get his non-profit organization declared tax-exempt by the IRS.

It didn't take Curtis Coleman long to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for governor.

But getting tax-exempt status for his non-partisan, non-profit organization is taking a long time.

The Curtis Coleman institute for constitutional policy has a new 12 part DVD series for sale on the institute's web site…the Origins of the Constitution.  The cost is $40.00…although it is free to Arkansas schools, colleges or universities while supplies last.

Coleman's institute seeks to educate people about the constitution and advocate for legislative policies are constitutionally sound.

Donations to the institute are tax-deductible and although Coleman's web site claims tax exempt status, after more than a year of waiting the IRS. has not sent official confirmation of that fact yet.

So search for the Curtis Coleman Institute for Constitutional Policy on a charity web site like Guidestar, you will get no result.

A search on the IRS web site produces the same result.

Coleman's attorney explains in an email that he filed for tax-exempt status "…on February 23, 2012" he says he has been told that "…the application is approved and that a formal determination letter will be forthcoming."  

He added that "Once that occurs, the form 1023 and all information submitted with the form become public documents."

In other words…that is when you will find Coleman's institute on the IRS' site and other sites.

And it is perfectly legal for him to operate as a 501-c-3 from the date of his application, not the date of his approval.

Coleman's attorney tells us it is supposed to take about a year to get approved for tax-exempt status, but various Internet sites that offer advice on starting a non-profit say it usually only takes three to six months.

Air date:  March 22nd, 2013