REVOKED! Reinstating Your Tax Exempt Status

Last time we discussed what to do if you file your Form 990 series return late, and briefly touched upon what to do if you lose tax exempt status.

Now, we’re going to peel back the layers a bit more and get into the steps for reinstating revoked tax exempt status.

So You’ve Been Revoked

How do nonprofit organizations lose their tax exempt status? The easiest way is failing to file Form 990 for three consecutive years. That leads to you ending up on the Exempt Organization Select Check list published every month by the IRS.

The good news? You can search the EO Select Check list for your Employer Identification Number to find out if you’ve been revoked! The list is updated monthly, and features the name, EIN, organization type, last known address the organization provided to the IRS, effective date of revocation, and the date the organization was added to the list.

How to Get Reinstated

If an organization wants to get their tax exempt status reinstated, they must file a new application for exemption and pay the appropriate user fee.

The IRS then determines if the organization meets the requirements, and can issue a new determination letter.

The IRS will also include the reinstated organization in the next update of EO Select Check and indicate in other publications (like the Business Master File).

In most situations, the effective date of reinstated exemption is the date the current application was submitted, but organizations can request for a retroactive reinstatement.

Can You Get Retroactive Reinstatement?

But retroactive reinstatements have limited circumstances attached to them, and it is up to the organization to supply the IRS with the needed information.

To request reinstatement back to the date of automatic revocation, organizations need to attach a letter to the application for reinstatement explaining why they failed to file required returns for three consecutive years.

After that, the IRS will determine if your organization had a reasonable cause for not filing your return for three years.

Once you’re reinstated, you need to keep up to date on your tax exempt returns! When you e-file your Form 990 series return with ExpressTaxExempt, you can expect a secure, easy-to-use system designed to have you done in no time.

If you have any questions about e-filing, contact us by phone at 704.839.2321 or by email at [email protected].

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