The information linked below discusses the IRS Form 1023 with a December, 2017 revision date.  At the end of January, 2020, the IRS introduced a long-form electronic Form 1023 and stopped accepting paper Forms 1023 for processing as of 5/1/2020.  According to the IRS, about 70% of 501(c)(3) applications are filed on Form 1023-EZ.  (The chart at the top of each page of this site shows the growth in the use of the Streamlined 501(c)(3) Application.)  In addition, I believe long-form 1023 filers are the least likely to use the help in a free website, so I will not be updating this information.

I hope this chart, showing which questions in the new form correspond to questions in the 2017 1023, will be of some help.

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 (includes info on Schedule E)
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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IRS Processing

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. 

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