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Form 1023: Purpose of Questions About Organization Applying More than 27 Months After Date of Formation

Why does Form 1023 ask for information about an organization applying more than 27 months after the month it was legally formed?

In general, an organization must file its exemption application within 27 months from the end of the month in which it was formed.  If it does so, it may be recognized as exempt back to the date of formation.  If an organization files its exemption application after the 27-month deadline, exempt status may only be recognized from the filing date forward.

Exceptions to this general rule apply.  If an organization answers yes to Line 2, Part VII, indicating that it filed late, it is directed to Schedule E, which asks questions to establish if it is excepted from the general rule.