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Where's My Exemption Application?

Sometimes, representatives of exempt organizations and practitioners question why certain applications for tax exemption are processed faster than others. Not all applications are the same. While many are complete when received and the IRS does not need more information to process them, others may be incomplete or involve complex issues that require further development. This web page describes the application process and provides information on how to determine the status of an application.

EO Determination Application Process: After you submit your application, we will send you a notice within about 14 days acknowledging receipt. Exemption applications accompanied by the required user fee are separated into three groups:

  1. Those that can be approved immediately
  2. Those that need minor additional information to be approved
  3. Those that require development

If your application falls within the first two groups, you will receive either your determination letter or a request for additional information, via phone, fax, or letter, within approximately 90 days of the date you received your acknowledgement of receipt.

If your application falls within the third group, you will be contacted once the application is assigned to an EO agent for further development.

Application process timeline. Acknowledge of receipt 14 days plus additional contact 90 days plus assignment to an agent 180 days.


The average date of pending applications is July 2013.


If you submitted your application after the month indicated above, continue to check this web page for updated information on the average date of assigned applications.  Updates will be made on the first Thursday of each month.

If you submitted your application before the month indicated above and you have not been contacted by the IRS about your application, you may want to contact the toll-free Customer Account Services at 877-829-5500. You will need the following information when calling:

  • The name and address of the organization on whose behalf the request was submitted;
  • The organization's employer identification number (EIN);
  • The document locator number assigned to the request (if you have received one); and
  • A proper power of attorney submitted with the exemption application, unless you are an officer or director and legally authorized to represent the organization.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 21-Apr-2014