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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

All About the EO Select Check

The EO, or “Exempt Organization,” Select Check is a search engine exclusive to the IRS. It contains a consolidated search of three different IRS databases: organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked, and those organizations which have filed Form 990-N with the IRS.
The IRS explains,
By consolidating the search sites into one, the EO Select Check provides an expanded search capability and a more efficient way to search for organizations that:
  • Are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (Publication 78 data). Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of their contributions (just as they did when Publication 78 was a separate electronic publication rather than part of Select Check).
  • Have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under the law because they have not filed Form 990 series returns or notices annually as required for three consecutive years. 
  • Have filed From 990-N (e-postcard) annual electronic notice. (Most small exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, unless they choose instead to file a completed Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.)
This tool is especially useful for checking to see if your organization has had its tax-exempt status revoked, which is the #1 reason why we see forms rejected. Before you even begin filing with our service, we recommend checking the database if you have any concern that your organization may have lost its exempt status. You may also search to confirm that your 990-N has been filed and accepted. We send an email confirmation to our users once their e-Postcards have been accepted by the IRS, but should you need to double check, you may do so from this search engine.

Not only is this tool extensive in the amount of organizations it contains, it is also easy to operate. Simply type in the name of an organization, the EIN of the organization, or simply search by state. You can even download the entire database, should you really want to. With the EO Select Check, finding and keeping track of your organization is easier than ever.

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