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

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Prepare Your Own 501(c)(3) Application

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This website has only a fraction of the information you can find in Prepare Your Own 501(c)(3) Application:

Originally posted in 1998, was one of the first public service websites to provide help with IRS Form 1023 to the general public.  Since the advent of the "Streamlined" 501(c)(3) application, Form 1023-EZ, there is likely to be less demand for "Do-It-Yourself" information about the long-form 501(c)(3) Application.  Therefore, information formerly available on has been merged into  The information linked below discusses IRS Form 1023 with a December, 2013 revision date.

IRS Form 1023, Part I - Identification of applicant
IRS Form 1023, Part II - Organizational Structure
IRS Form 1023, Part III - Required Provisions
IRS Form 1023, Part IV - Narrative
IRS Form 1023 - Part V - Compensation of Officers, Directors and Others

IRS Form 1023, Part VI - Members and Others that Receive Benefits
IRS Form 1023, Part VII - History
IRS Form 1023, Part VIII - Specific Activities
IRS Form 1023, Part IX - Financial Activity
IRS Form 1023, Part X - Public Charity Status
IRS Form 1023, Part XI
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