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Online Courses for Exempt Organizations

The IRS provides on-line training for tax-exempt organizations and charitable organizations seeking tax-exempt status at The site includes information for new applicants; information to help existing exempt organizations maintain their exemption; and more in-depth topics.

New organizations seeking tax-exempt status can view the following:

  • Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status – How to make the application process easier and quicker

The following courses are for newly-exempt organizations:

  • Tax-Exempt Status – How can you keep your 501(c)(3) exempt?
  • Unrelated Business Income – Does your organization generate taxable income?
  • Employment Issues – How should you treat your workers for tax purposes?
  • Required Disclosures – What items are open to public inspection and what disclosures are exempt organizations required to make?

Other in-depth topics at

  • Political Campaigns and Charities - Explains the ban on intervening in political campaign activities by tax-exempt and charitable organizations.
  • The Wonderful World of Foundation Classification - Covers two common types of classifications for 501(c)(3) organizations.
  • Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions? – What’s deductible and what’s not?
  • Disaster Relief - Part I: How charitable organizations may provide relief in disaster situations and the special tax rules that apply to such organizations.
  • Disaster Relief - Part II: Special rules that apply to employer sponsored disaster relief organizations, the deductibility of contributions to disaster relief organizations and the tax treatment of relief recipients.

You can complete the modules in any order and repeat them as many times as you like. The StayExempt site doesn't require registration and visitors remain anonymous.

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 02-Sep-2015