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Forms and Instructions

Individual Tax Return
Instructions for Form 1040
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Request for Transcript of Tax Return


Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Employers engaged in a trade or business who pay compensation
Installment Agreement Request

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Amend/Fix Return
Apply for Power of Attorney
Apply for an ITIN
Rules Governing Practice before IRS

Before Applying for Tax Exempt Status

State law governs nonprofit status, which is determined by an organization’s articles of incorporation or trust documents. Federal law governs tax-exempt status. The Internal Revenue Code specifically refers to exemption from federal income tax.  

Below are the steps you need to take before you can apply for tax-exempt status:

1. Determine if your organization is one of the following:

2. Gather your organization documents.

3. Determine your state’s registration requirements.

4. Obtain an employer ID number (EIN) for your new organization.

Other resources

Publication 1635, Understanding Your EIN
Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization
Employer ID Numbers (EINs)