Applying for Tax Exempt Status

Once you have followed the steps outlined on this page, you will need to determine what type of tax-exempt status you want.

Charitable, Religious and Educational Organizations (501(c)(3))

Form 1023-EZ
Interactive Form 1023
Form 1023 (instructions)
Other Nonprofit or Tax-Exempt Organizations (501(a))

Form 8976, Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4)
Form 1024
Instructions for Form 1024
Additional information

Exempt Organizations Form 1023-EZ Approvals
Publication 4220, Applying for 501(c)(3) Status
Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization
Group exemptions
FAQs – Applying for tax exemption
FAQs – Form 1023
Top ten tips to shorten the tax-exempt application process
Sample application questions
Can the IRS expedite my application?
Power of attorney – appointing someone to represent you
Life cycle of an exempt organization
Federal tax obligations of nonprofit corporations
Online training

Applying for Tax Exemption – An Overview
Starting and Operating Charities for Disaster Relief