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Page 12 - Part XI - User Fee Information

The Internal Revenue Service has charged a non-refundable processing fee for exemption applications since 1987. 

There is currently a two tier fee schedule. Organizations whose gross receipts have averaged, or will average, not more than $10,000 per year pay $400. Larger organizations pay $850.  (The User Fee for Form 1023-EZ is currently $275.)

The IRS does not currently have any follow-up procedures to see if the gross receipts prediction you made for your User Fee was accurate. From time to time, however, an agent will question an applicant that has paid the lower fee. Be sure that your gross receipts projections are consistent with your description of your planned activities.

Some experts feel your application will be handled more promptly if you pay the User Fee with a cashier's check or money order. Others disagree. If you pay with a personal check, watch your bank statements carefully to make sure the IRS does, in fact, cash your check for the User Fee. If they don't, your application may have gotten lost in the mail.



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