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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: 04-Jan-2017