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Welcome to Navigating the Charities and Nonprofits Website. The information contained in this presentation isn’t official guidance.

Now let's get started. Did you know the Charities and Nonprofits website links to hundreds of pages of helpful information?

It's the place to go if you're a: Nonprofit organization thinking about federal tax-exempt status; an employee of a charity or other tax-exempt organization who needs help completing annual filings; someone looking for information on a charity you'd like to donate to.

Part of the IRS Exempt Organizations, or EO, mission is to help our customers understand their tax responsibilities and find information about tax-exempt organizations. We do this using many products, like: The Charities and Nonprofits website;, our educational website; the EO Update electronic newsletter; The online search tool called Tax Exempt Organization Search or TEOS.

To reach our site, you can enter the in your browser or go to and click on the "Charities and Nonprofits" banner or select “Charities and Nonprofits” from the menu on mobile devices.

Here's our Charities and Nonprofits home page.

We developed the site to make it easy for you to learn about setting up a charity or nonprofit tax-exempt organization or help to maintain the tax-exempt status of your organization.

On the left side (or in menu for mobile devices), under “Charities and Nonprofits,” you’ll find categories of information and learn more about setting up and maintaining a charity or nonprofit. On mobile devices, you would expand the “More in File” option.

The first item, Exempt Organization Types, gives you more information about Charitable Organizations, Churches and Religious Organizations, Private Foundations, Political Organizations and Other Nonprofits.

The Other Nonprofits link directs you to “Tax Information for Other Nonprofits” and Requirements for Exemption where you’ll find different types of tax-exempt organizations and detailed requirements for their exemption under the Code.

Under the Lifecycle of an Exempt Organization, you’ll find the five stages in an organization’s life cycle and details on: 1. Starting Out, 2. Applying for Exemption, 3. Required Filings, 4. Ongoing Compliance, and 5. Significant Events On, we've grouped our information into these five stages and written many of these “lifecycle” topics for different types of exempt organizations, including private foundations, public charities, social welfare organizations, and others to show what each should do at the five major life stages of their organization.

Under the Annual Filing and Forms section, we list information on required filing of Form 990 series returns, Employment Taxes and Unrelated Business Income Tax.

You’ll find resources to help you determine which form your organization should file, frequently asked questions, common errors and other helpful links.

Under Charitable Contributions – we have information on: Organizations Eligible to Receive Tax-Deductible Charitable Contributions, Tax Information on Donated Property, Substantiating Charitable Contributions, Tips for Taxpayers Making Charitable Donations and Special Charitable Contributions for Certain IRA Owners.

And if you’d like to know about a tax-exempt organization’s federal tax status and returns – click on Search for Charities to link to the Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) landing page, our online search tool.

Check out our online educational resources such as Webinars, Virtual workshops for Small and Medium-Sized Exempt Organizations and information about IRS Nationwide Tax Forums, including past presentations. You can also request an IRS exempt organization speaker at your organization’s event.

Our website offers educational presentations especially for 501(c)(3) exempt organizations (charities).

For example, there’s a 10-course, interactive workshop for organizational leaders, volunteers and anyone applying for tax-exempt status to understand the benefits, limitations and expectations of being a tax-exempt organization.

You can join our 180,000 subscribers and sign up for our Free e-Newsletter, the EO Update - for up-to-date information for tax-exempt organizations and tax practitioners. Or, browse our prior editions.

The middle section of the EO webpage is tailored to customers who know where they want to go.

We broke up this content into the four most used areas: Tax Exemption, Annual Filing and Forms, Tax-Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) and Education.

Under “Tax Exemption,” you’ll find a wealth of information about how to apply or reapply for tax-exempt status, including what forms to use.

Browse the “Applying” page to see our top ten tips to shorten the tax-exempt application process and sample application questions to help you complete your application. Under “Annual Filing and Forms” you’ll find information focused on filing the 990 series returns. Here are quick links to our TEOS tool to find information about a tax-exempt organization’s federal tax status and return return filings, and Education.

The Tax Exempt and Government Entities Issue Snapshots are IRS employee job aids that analyze and list resources on a specific technical tax issue. You can also find “Audit Technique Guides,” (ATGs), that explore technical issues common to certain types of EOs like StayExempt presentations. ATGs can help existing EOs keep their exempt status.

On the right side of the Charities and Nonprofits home page, you’ll find Quicklinks such as our A-Z Site Index and links to the other topics I’ve highlighted.

The IRS EO webpage has a lot of great resources and information - so please visit our Charities and Nonprofits website and discover what's there to help you get and maintain your federal tax-exempt status. Thanks for watching.