Posted by jerryt on Aug 20, 2012 in 501c3 Application, 501c3 timing | 5 comments
How long for the 1023 form I filed to process? Any ideas? Is there way to contact the IRS?
People ask this question regarding two parts of the 501c3 application process.
First, people want to know how long the application itself takes to complete. This varies, depending on the type of organization and how long your organization has been in operation. In theory, if you had all the documentation required by the 501c3 application, simply filling out Form 1023 would only take about 3-5 hours. However, typically it takes time to gather all the documents needed to complete the application. The IRS estimates that completing the 501c3 application (Form 1023) takes an estimated 105 hours.
The second reason people ask this question is that they have already completed the 501c3 application and have submitted the application to the IRS and are now waiting for a response. In other words, how long does it take the IRS to review my 501c3 application? Again, it depends. Typically, once you submit your application to the IRS you will receive within 25-40 days a letter from the IRS stating that it has received your application and that your application is under review. Then within 90 days of submitting your application to the IRS, the IRS will inform you of either 1) your application is approved (501c3 status granted), 2) your application has raised minor questions which could easily be resolved (expect a follow up phone call or letter), 3) your application needs substantial development and the IRS will assign an agent/reviewer to review your application. If your application falls into group 3 above you can expect your application processing time to be extended an additional 9-12 months.
As of the writing of this response, the IRS is processing applications submitted in November 2011. You can read more about the IRS process at http://goo.gl/JHmRa.
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How long is the filing process for non-profit operations located in the US Territories? Are their any exceptions for US. Territories’ non-profit organizations?
An application from an organization located in a U.S. territory would receive similar treatment as an application from an organization from the U.S. In short, the timing described above would also apply to organizations in U.S. territories.
In the Form 1023 instructions the IRS defines “foreign country” as a country OTHER THAN the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia.
How long does it take for non-profit organizattions located and operating the Territories to bet their applications processed?
see the response above.
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