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Another Manhattan 9/11 charity, Ministries, raised more than $4 million to help victims and first responders. But the group only accounted for about $670,000 on its tax forms. Along with almost four dozen other 9/11 charities, Urban Life lost its IRS tax exempt status this year because it failed to show how money was collected and spent.


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