Applying for Tax-Exempt Status

Applying for Tax-Exempt Status

Anyone in the process of creating a nonprofit organization who wants to learn more about applying for tax-exempt status should go to the source — the government agency that grants the exemption, the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS provides a step-by-step explanation of the application process, as well as the top reasons for those frustrating delays in processing applications. Three publications are available for download: Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status, Tax-Exempt Status of your Organization, and Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations.