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New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier

New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify

IR-2014-77, July 1, 2014 - The IRS today introduced a new, shorter application form to help small charities apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status more easily.

"This is a common-sense approach that will help reduce lengthy processing delays for small tax-exempt groups and ultimately larger organizations as well," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The change cuts paperwork for these charitable groups and speeds application processing so they can focus on their important work."

The new Form 1023-EZ, available today on IRS.gov, is three pages long, compared with the standard 26-page Form 1023. Most small organizations, including as many as 70 percent of all applicants, qualify to use the new streamlined form. Most organizations with gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible."

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