TOPIC: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter

Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 8 months ago #141695

Hello all,

I am working on donations for our PTO Carnival. Several companies require a copy of our 501c3 designation letter which my president has somehow misplaced. I have our Fed ID number written down from our Tax forms but I don't actually have the 501c3 designation letter that states our EIN/Fed ID number. How does one go about getting a new copy of this from the IRS?

TIA

RE: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 8 months ago #141890

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The IRS can look up your EIN based on your group's name. They did this for me -- I had a number, but the IRS said their records showed that number had never been issued, so they looked up the correct number by the group name; apparently, someone had applied for the new number in 2003, but never passed the number on to the next board -- or even the bank!

I think the number is (877) 829-5500

You might also want to check Search for Charities and make sure you have tax-exempt status. Having an EIN is *not* the same as being recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt.

RE: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 8 months ago #141953

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On the website, Welcome to up to date, plain language help with the 501(c)(3) application, IRS Form 1023, under the frequently asked question section, you can find some information on your question. According to the author of the website, the IRS does not replace the determination letter, but can send a letter confirming an organization's tax exempt status. The contact info is there. Hopefully this will help!

RE: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 8 months ago #141954

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I just posted the above note and I am not sure what happened, but the website I posted came out in the message totally wrong. Google Sandra Deja/form 1023 help and go to FAQ section.

RE: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 7 months ago #142243

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Kayla, i clicked on your link and it worked fine for me...just wanted you to know
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RE: Need to get a copy of 501c3 designation letter 6 years 1 month ago #146208

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Kayla;141953 wrote:
According to the author of the website, the IRS does not replace the determination letter, but can send a letter confirming an organization's tax exempt status.

According to the "Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities" (which I just received this week along with my determination letter), page 23:

"A public charity may request a copy of a lost exemption letter or an updated exemption letter that reflects a name or address change from the EO [Exempt Organizations] Determinations office."

(I think someone posted a copy of this guide to this web site.)
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