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Prepare Your Own

501(c)(3) Application 

Form 1023-EZ Links

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Prepare Your Own 501(c)(3) Application
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​Q. Where can I find more information about Form 1023-EZ?

A. Here is a collection of useful links:

Viewing/Downloading Form 1023-EZ

Because it is an electronic form, the IRS has not posted a current copy of Form 1023-EZ on  To view the form, go to pay,gov (the site you will use to file Form 1023-EZ) and enter 1023-EZ in the search box in the upper right hand corner of the landing page.  When the page with step by step instructions appears, scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Clicking on the "Preview Form" box will allow you to view and/or download the form.  You may want to print a copy to use for a rough draft.

(Caution: you may not file a paper copy of Form 1023-EZ.)

Form 1023-EZ instructions

Long-Form 1023
The long form 501(c)(3) application, 1023, is also an electronic-only form.  If you would like to view or download the long form
 for comparison purposes, follow the instructions for given above, putting 1023 in the search box and scrolling down to "Preview Form" when the step-by-step appears.  There is a link to the long form instructions on the same page.

Revenue Procedure 2023-5
  (Procedures for using either Form 1023 or form 1023-EZ.) 

“Life Cycle of an Exempt Organization
.”  There are separate life cycle explanations for public charities and private foundations

List of states whose laws meet the requirements of 508(e)

Revenue Ruling 75-38

List of states whose laws provide for the distribution of assets upon dissolution  

Revenue Procedure 82-2

A list also appears in the instructions for the Long Form 1023, (see above).

More Information A
bout NTEE Codes  

Revenue Ruling 56-304 requires organizations to maintain case histories which show the 501(c)(3) basis for distributions to individuals.

Tax Exempt Organization Search, on the IRS website, allows public access to Determination Letters, Form 990 Series Returns, Form 990-N (e-Postcard) as well as information about deductibility and the ability to search the Automatic Revocation of Exemption List,

Form 1023-EZ Implementing Regulations.  (Treasury Decision 9674)

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