Last week, the Internal Revenue Service released a new search function for charity status of organizations. This is exciting news for tax-exempt charities (such as Clubs and Associations), as it will now become easier for consumers to verify if an organization is tax-exempt and if donations to the organization are tax-deductible. It will also be useful for foundations and other granting organizations to verify your organization’s status when you apply for grants.
From the IRS newsletter:
The IRS today launched a new online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find information about tax-exempt organizations. Users can now go to one location on IRS.gov to search for:
- Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (formerly listed in electronic Publication 78). Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of contributions, just as they did with Pub. 78
- Organizations whose federal tax exemption automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years (Auto-Revocation List)
- Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filers and their submissions
EO Select Check offers improved search options. Users can now look for organizations eligible to receive deductible charitable organizations (Pub. 78 data) by Employer Identification Number (EIN), which wasn’t possible previously. And this data is now updated monthly instead of quarterly.
In addition, the Auto-Revocation List may now be searched by EIN, name, city, state, ZIP code, country, exemption type, and revocation posting date, rather than only by state.
The EO Select Check site also contains search tips that offer suggestions on how to use the search application.
Find the new search tool at the IRS Charities home page at http://www.irs.gov/charities or by clicking here. The list of charities is updated monthly; contact your local IRS office if your organization should be listed but doesn’t appear in search results.