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Eastern Time Important. Application for Recognition of Exemption. To apply for recognition by the IRS of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Code, use Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, and its instructions.

Application for Recognition of Exemption

The application must be complete and accompanied by the appropriate user fee. See Application Process for a step-by-step review of what an organization needs to know and to do in order to apply for recognition by the IRS of tax-exempt status. Frequently asked questions about applying for exemption generally, and Form 1023 specifically, are also available. You may also want to take our on-line mini-course about applying for exemption. Except for churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and public charities whose annual gross receipts are normally less than $5,000, organizations will not be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) unless they notify the IRS by applying for recognition of section 501(c)(3) status. Charities & Trusts. Exempt Organizations Forms and Instructions. 1This column indicates the revision date of forms currently being accepted by the Exempt Organizations Determinations office.

Exempt Organizations Forms and Instructions

Outdated forms will be returned without any action by the Service on the request. 2Because Form 8871 must be filed electronically, a paper version of Form 8871 may not be filed and is not available for download. The freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view, print, and search the items listed above. Form 990 Resources and Tools for Exempt Organizations.