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

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IRS Reduces 1023-EZ User Fee
The fee for Form 1023-EZ was reduced from $400 to $275 as of July 1, 2016.  
Revenue Procedure 2016-32.

Form 1023-EZ!
The IRS released Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption, on July 1, 2014.  The new form is only two and a half pages long.  The IRS estimates that most 501(c)(3) applicants will be eligible to use the 1023-EZ.  Size, history, activities and foundation status can all make an organization ineligible. Eligible applicants check boxes to certify that they are eligible to file the form, and that they have met the organizational, operational and public support tests.  There is no requirement to submit financial data or organizing documents.  Instead of describing their activities, applicants choose a code from an activity list in the 1023-EZ's instructions. As of October, 2016, the IRS had not posted Frequently Asked Questions about Form 1023-EZ. 
1023-EZ Frequently Asked Questions created by Sandy Deja.  Sandy Deja's comments on Form 1023-EZ.

"New" Form 1023 Not So New
A "new" Form 1023, dated December, 2013, is available from the IRS website. 

  • a message has been added to the beginning of the form alerting users to the availability of the Interactive Form 1023
  • a message has been added to page 11 of the form warning that the IRS no longer issues Advance Rulings
  • the User Fees shown on page 12 of the Form have been updated

Aside from the December, 2013, date on each page of the form, there have not been any other changes to the 501(c)(3) application.   

New Interactive 501(c)(3) Application Form
In late 2013, the IRS released Form i1023, an “interactive” version of the 501(c)(3) application.  After asking a few preliminary questions, the interactive form walks you through the 501(c)(3) application, allowing you to look up information and prepare continuation sheets that are an integral part of the form.  The form cannot be filed on line; you must still print it, add your supporting documents, and file in the usual way.  There is no fee discount for using the "interactive" Form 1023.  
More information about Form i1023.  Sandy Deja's comments on Form i1023.

New Form 8940
The IRS has introduced a new form for use by exempt organizations.  Form 8940 provides a way to apply for nine different EO-related rulings that previously required a letter application.  The User Fee for 2016 is $400.  More Information about Form 8940.


Address Change
There has been a slight change in the address where exemption applications should be sent.  Send all Forms 1023, 1024, 8940 and 8718 to:
        Internal Revenue Service
        E.O. Application Receiving
        P. O. Box 12192
        Covington, Kentucky  41012-0192
Note:  Although the IRS issued a “new” Form 1023 in 2013, they did not issue new instructions.  The address in the Form 1023 instructions dated June, 2006 is incorrect.  Form 1382, often included with the old instructions, does have the correct address.

Elimination of Advance Rulings
On September 9, 2008, the IRS issued new regulations eliminating the "Advance Ruling" for new publicly supported 501(c)(3) organizations.  A public charity relying on either one of the one-third public support tests no longer needs to complete a tax year that is at least eight months long before receiving a final determination that it is publicly supported.  If a new organization can show that it can reasonably expect to meet a public support test, the IRS will recognize it as a public charity for all purposes for its first five years, regardless of the level of public support it in fact received.

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