You filed a tax-exempt return, but our records don't show you are tax-exempt.
What you need to do
- Mail or fax us a copy of the letter we provided you or your parent organization recognizing your tax exempt status.
- Apply for tax exempt status by completing and submitting the appropriate application and fee.
- Mail the application and appropriate fee to the address on your notice.
You may want to...
- Review Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization. Publication 557 can provide assistance for the application process.
Answers to Common Questions
What if I don't qualify or don't want to apply for tax-exempt status?
You should complete the appropriate federal income tax form.
What if I believe I am tax-exempt and not required to submit an application?
You must show on your annual return the subsection under which you're claiming to be tax-exempt.
Tips for next year
Consider filing your taxes electronically. Filing online can help you avoid mistakes and find credits and deductions that you may qualify for. In many cases you can file for free. Learn more about e-file.
Tax publications you may find useful
- Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer (PDF)
- Form 8716, Election To Have a Tax Year Other Than a Required Tax Year (PDF)
- Form W-7A Application for Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U.S. Adoptions (PDF)
- Form W-7 SP Solicitud de Número de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (SP)(PDF)
- Full list of tax forms and instructions
How to get help
- Call the 800, 866 or 888 number listed on the top right corner of your notice.
- Authorize someone (such as an accountant) to contact the IRS on your behalf using Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative (PDF)
- See if you qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.