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Form 1023

Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

Form 1023 is used by an organization seeking tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The completed Form 1023 and its accompanying statements must show that all of the following are true:

  • The organization is organized and operated exclusively for one or more of its purposes.
  • The organization will not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests.
  • The organization will not attempt to influence legislation or participate in a political campaign.

Documents that must be completed by your organization prior to submission of Form 1023 to the Internal Revenue Service include:

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  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Articles of Association or other Enabling Document
  • Bylaws (if structured properly).

In addition, your organization is required to apply for and receive an Employer Identification Number (EIN) prior to filing for tax-exempt status. An EIN can be obtained by applying by phone, on-line at or by completing and submitting the Form SS-4 Application for Employer Identification Number.

The organization should complete and attach Form 2848 Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative to its Form 1023 application if a person other than the principal officer will represent the organization on matters concerning the application.

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