September 08, 2008

Streamlined Approval Process for New Exempt Organizations

The IRS issued IR-2008-102 on Sept. 8, 2008; these new temporary regulations will streamline the approval process for organizations seeking tax-exempt status as publicly supported charities. The new regulations do away with the so-called advance rulings that granted public charity status for an initial five-year period but required exempt organizations to demonstrate, after the initial period, that they in fact received a substantial part of their support from public sources to receive a final determination letter. The IRS was able to eliminate the advance rulings process because of the recent redesign of the Form 990, the tax return filed by organizations exempt from federal income tax.