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IRS Allows Charities to Apply for Tax-exemption Online

The action was taken to improve service to the tax-exempt community

In an effort to improve service to the tax-exempt community, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Jan. 31 that charities can file all paperwork to apply for tax-exempt status online.

The IRS has revised Form 1023, the application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and its instructions.

“Filing electronically reduces errors, and we believe this will help provide a smoother application process for those seeking tax exemption,” said Tammy Ripperda, commissioner of the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities division. “As we’ve seen with the 1023-EZ, we believe this change will help with application processing time and help with our wider efforts to improve our work with the tax-exempt community.”

The IRS created a Form 1023-EZ in 2014 to allow smaller charities with annual gross receipts under $50,000 to apply for tax-exempt status online, and this change will extend electronic filing to larger organizations as well. The required user fee for filing Form 1023 will remain $600 for 2020. Applicants have to pay the fee through when submitting the form.

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