Form 1023 Paperwork, In Millions of Hours, 1986 to 2016

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Q. Will the IRS ask questions of Form 1023-EZ applicants?

A. A very small percentage of Forms 1023-EZ are randomly selected for "pre-determination review."   In this type of compliance check, the IRS asks for basic information to validate that the applicant is, in fact, eligible to file the EZ. This may include inquiries about the activities of the organization, its organizational documents, its finances, and transactions, if any, with donors and insiders.

When an EZ application contains information that appears to be inaccurate or inconsistent, the applicant may be contacted for clarification.

In early 2016, the IRS added a "post determination" compliance program, which involves audits of Form 990-type returns filed by organizations that originally filed Form 1023-EZ.  This program includes both a random sample and a sample that is based on the organization's responses to the questions in Part III of Form 1023-EZ.

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