WASHINGTON -- In an unprecedented move, the internal Revenue Service has started telling new 501(c)(3) organizations that they may have to reaffirm their status with the agency if they plan to issue tax-exempt bonds, IRS officials and private attorneys said last week.

But the attorneys warned that the new policy effectively means that all 501(c)(3) organizations will have to get a ruling on their tax-exempt status before they can issue more bonds.

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