Could the California Interscholastic Federation’s Central Coast Section be in trouble with the IRS?

CIF’s Central Coast Section may enjoy sitting in the “gray area” legally on  many issues , but  CCS does not get to set, police and enforce the rules  related to their tax status and financial management.

CCS Watchdog has received information that enough may be amiss in the management and structure of CCS that the Section’s tax status could be in jeopardy; or at least  in serious trouble with Uncle Sam. Individuals who have served on the Board of Mangers or various committees have admitted to having little time, knowledge  or ability to properly address  issues related to CCS finances.  There is also a false assumption that Directors and Officers have no personal or legal exposure by serving various volunteer positions within CCS. That simply is not true.

Directors and Officers insurance does not protect individuals if they are negligent or wrongful and  individuals serving  CCS have a fiduciary obligation to the organization.  Simply approving or accepting information offered by CCS staff may not be adequate to fulfill that obligation.   If not done properly, CCS does have exposure not only related to tax status but also for additional financial risks.

CCS Watchdog has obtained enough information to indicate the “appearance” of the CCS structure and management is not as is legally required and significant issues would emerge if an audit were to take place.

If CCS losses their tax status, what will that mean for athletes and schools who rely on corporate donations? If CCS has to pay huge legal and accounting bills , how will member schools absorb those costs and not compromise their athletic programs? Corporations will not donate if the tax exemption is in jeopardy. If CCS staff cannot handle the pressure and requirements of a simply CalPER audit, how will they handle an IRS audit and investigation? Our forensic accountants believe there is reason to worry.

Even if no mismanagement has occurred, it is up to the volunteers of each board to ensure that there is no appearance of mismanagement and that simply has not been done. From eligibility to expenditures in the CCS office, the “appearance” indicates there may be a problem.

We are drafting a letter to the Board of Managers and the Executive Committee and will present the  letter here on this site when it is complete.


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Grassroots organization providing information to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability of CIF's Central Coast Section.

One Response to Could the California Interscholastic Federation’s Central Coast Section be in trouble with the IRS?

  1. ccswatchdog says:

    CCS officials and representatives should take note of the events going on at Penn State. If officials or individuals serving on various committees think something is wrong, they could (and should ) be held accountable. How many coaches, university officials, athletic directors and even co-workers knew something wasn’t right but were too busy or uncomfortable to ask? Long standing employment or a successful record does not mean a flawless record that should be free from oversight. Rumors, intuition- even casual observation; if coaches or officials are doing something that doesn’t add up, it must be addressed so that the bad behavior of a few does not overshadow the efforts of the many good coaches and players in the Central Coast Section.

    ‘The greater the power , the more dangerous the abuse’ – Edmund Burke

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