Faternal benefit societies were granted a 501(c)(8) exemption in the 20th Century. Since that time, it has been the duty of their trade association to monitor all threats to this exemption and take appropriate action to educate members of Congress on the ongoing value and validity of the exemption. As the Treasury Department concluded in a 1993 study, without the tax exemption, the many charitable and benevolent activities of fraternal benefit societies would be severely curtailed, with little benefit to the government.
Click on the links below to get more information about current advocacy efforts in Washington, D. C., and for more information on the value of fraternal benefit societies.
Take Action - U.S. House Resolution 116
Fraternal Economic/Social Impact Study
Study conducted by Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Sept. 2010
Fraternals Serve Brochures
Brochures that help explain in word and photos how fraternals unite their members to help others.