While it sounds dodgy, the term “fictitious business” is a normal classification in California. Taitz’ DOFF fictitious business registration with Orange County expired at the end of last year. This may be intentional because the significance of a “fictitious business” is that the name of the business is not reflected in its articles of incorporation. The Defend Our Freedoms Foundations (sic) was registered as a corporation after the fictitious business filing.
Taitz has (at least) two corporations in California. The earlier one (entity number C1871559) is from 1994.
It appears that Taitz did not follow through with her registration of the DOFF as a California charity (screen shot taken today):
The 3189036 number appears to be a Secretary of State or Franchise Tax Board Number.
According to the Second Notice to Register (dated December 19, 2011):
PLEASE REPLY WITHIN 30 DAYS TO AVOID LOSING YOUR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS WITH THE CALIFORNIA FRANCHISE TAX BOARD.
I had reported in my prior article that some reports appeared on the Internet that the DOFF had a federal employer ID number (FEIN) of 26-4328440. The charities registration site used to retrieve the record preceding also allows for a search by FEIN, and that number did not return a record.
A search of charitable organizations with the IRS does not list the DOFF, neither by name nor EIN. (I suggest searching for the word “Defend” within the state of California to return a manageable number of results.)
The Defend our Freedoms Foundation web domains are owned owned by a Taitz detractor (who I presume is Lisa Ostella, Taitz’ former webmaster).
The lack of a determination by the IRS that the DOFF is tax exempt does not necessarily mean that the organization is not tax exempt; however, anyone taking a tax deduction for an organization for a donation to an organization without a determination is taking a risk. Charitable organizations, whether recognized or not, are required to file IRS Form 990 or one of its variants.