Where's My Application for Tax-Exempt Status?


The IRS receives more than 95,000 applications for tax-exempt status each year. We’ve provided the following guidelines for when you can expect to hear from us.

What happens after I submit my application?

After submitting your application for tax-exempt status, you will receive an acknowledgement notice, which means the IRS has received your application. If additional information is needed, the case will be assigned to an Exempt Organizations specialist who will contact you if necessary.

Has my application been assigned to a specialist?

Applications submitted after the postmark date in the chart below have not yet been assigned to an Exempt Organizations specialist. Keep checking this web page for updates and await IRS contact. There is no need to call.

Information on expedite handling requests.

Form Number Your application has not been assigned if postmarked after this date:
Form 1023-EZ May 31, 2022
Form 1023 September 29 2021
Form 1024 October 20, 2021
Form 1024-A October 13, 2021
Form 8940 October 12, 2021

How do I check the status of my application after it has been assigned to a specialist?

If you submitted your application before the postmark date in the chart above, and the IRS has not contacted you regarding your application, you can contact us by phone, fax, or mail to check on the status of your application. The IRS can’t respond to your inquiry through email.

Note: When we make a determination of your tax-exempt status, we mail you a determination letter.  We also post determination letters approving tax-exempt status to Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS).  You may wish to search TEOS to see if you have been issued a determination letter approving your tax-exempt status, which you may not yet have received in the mail, before contacting us to check on the status of your application.

Please provide your contact information with the below items.

You will need the following information before you contact us to verify a letter application status:

  1. Name of the organization.
  2. Organization’s employer identification number (available on the application form or Form W-2).
  3. Application number.
  4. Date application was submitted.
  5. Indicate if you are an office or director legally authorized to represent the applicant.
  6. Practitioners may need to submit a valid Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of RepresentativePDF or Form 8821, Tax Information AuthorizationPDF.

By phone

Call 877-829-5500 (toll free)

By fax

Fax your information to 855-204-6184

By mail

Internal Revenue Service
EO Determinations
Attn: Manager, EO Correspondence
P.O. Box 2508
Room 6-403
Cincinnati, OH 45202

By Express and Overnight Delivery

Internal Revenue Service
Room 6-403
550 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Attn: Manager, EO Correspondence

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