WASHINGTON — Charities must be careful that their efforts to educate voters comply with the Internal Revenue Code requirements concerning political campaign activities, or they risk losing their tax-exempt status, a presidential election-year advisory warned.

The Internal Revenue Service issued a reminder in late April that organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the code that are exempt from federal income tax — such as charities, educational institutions and religious organizations, including churches — are barred from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

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