I am in the process of completing our form 1023 - we are converting from a PTA to a PTO. I just looked at this link "Where is my Exemption?" http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=156733,00.html
and it is showing that they are processing applications from Sept. 2011!! Has anyone applied this year? If so, what was your turnaround time?
Our EIN is done, bylaws are done, waiting for certification of Articles of Incorporation and finishing everything else on the 1023 form.
My concern is that we have an auction scheduled for October that all items are donated. I understand the certification is retroactive, however if companies are donating in 2012 and we don't receive certification until 2013, will they still be able to write off donations for the 2012 tax year?