If your organization has recently submitted an application as a 501(c)(3)--the designation for a tax-exempt charitable--you may wonder if your application was approved. Speaking with the Internal Revenue Service department processing your application may not be an option, however, other methods exist that can help you check your 501(c)(3) status.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
Go to the Internal Revenue Service website (reference 1) and click on “charities and non-profits.” Once you have chosen this option, it will bring you away from the homepage to the “charities and non-profits” page. On the left, there is list of topics, including “search for charities.” Click on this option and you will again be re-directed to a search page.
Click on “search now,” on the search for charities page. You will be given a few different search options, including the name of the organization based on one or all of the words, the location, and even the deductibility code. If you choose to search results by deductibility code, choose “5” for charitable non-profit organizations.
Choose “search” once you have entered the information the name of the organization and the city or state. You will be directed to a new page. You may then search through the list of tax-exempt organizations that are listed on the IRS website. The list generated may be extensive, so you may need to search based on city or add in other search parameters by beginning a new search.