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In order to gain 501(c)(3) status, an organization must complete and submit the application and all attachments to the IRS for determination.
The IRS charges a filing fee with each 501(c)(3) application that is dependent upon the organization's projected or actual budget for the first 3-5 years. The filing fee is currently $400 or $850.
The IRS generally takes approximately 90-180 days to process and make a determination based off the 501(c)(3) application and all attachments. There have been organizations receive their determination in as little as 3 weeks and some that have taken up to a year. The majority of organizations receive their determination letter within the 90-180 day window.
After receiving the 501(c)(3) determination letter, there may be additional applications or permits required.
Some states require separate applications for exemption from state and local taxes. Please check with us for state requirements and any other applications, such as fundraising permits, that may be required for your organization.