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IRS Tax Exempt Status Information

If you intend to apply to the IRS for recognition of federal tax-exempt status as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, your articles of incorporation must contain certain provisions. For more information, visit this page on the IRS website. To learn about the general requirements for federal tax-exempt status, visit, or download IRS Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization

The IRS has many helpful educational resources (webinars, online training and publications) for charities and nonprofits.   Be sure to check out the many resources they have at their newly re-designed website!

Additional information and resources can be found at

Want us to come to you?

The Charities and Nonprofit Education Program is happy to present to groups on registration and renewal requirements with the Secretary of State, forming and maintaining a new nonprofit, and when an organization is required to register as a charity. We can also give a tour of the many educational resources available on our website.  If you would like to schedule a presentation to your group or conference, please contact Teresa Glidden, Education and Outreach Coordinator at 360-725-0373.


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