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Life Cycle of a Public Charity

During its existence, a public charity has numerous interactions with the IRS – from filing an application for recognition of tax-exempt status, to filing the required annual information returns, to making changes in its mission and purpose. The IRS provides information, explanations, guides, forms and publications on all of these subjects – they are available through this IRS Web site. The illustration below provides an easy-to-use way of linking to the documents most charities will need as they proceed though the phases of their “life cycle." You can also view a graphical depiction of the chart, with links to our website.

 

Starting Out

 
Applying to IRS
 
Required Filings
 
Ongoing Compliance
 
Significant Events

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Sep-2014