- Instructions for Form 4506-A - Introductory Material
- General Instructions
Instructions for Form 4506-A (08/2014)
Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS Form
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise noted.
For the latest information about developments related to Form 4506-A and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after this form and instructions were published, go to www.irs.gov/form4506.
Use Form 4506-A to request under section 6104:
A copy of an exempt or political organization's return, report, notice, or exemption application, or
An inspection of a return, report, notice, or exemption application at an IRS office.
You do not have to complete Form 4506-A to get copies of the following forms.
Form 8871, Political Organization Notice of Section 527 Status, and Form 8872, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, are available for inspection and printing from the Internet. The website address for both forms is www.irs.gov/polorgs.
Exempt or political organizations must make their returns, reports, notices, and exempt applications available for public inspection. You can visit the organization to inspect the material instead of requesting it from the IRS. The organization may be able to mail the copies to you.
You may request images of Form 990-N (e-Postcard), for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or 990-EZ, filings at www.irs.gov/app/ePostcard.
If you want to determine if charitable contributions are deductible, use EO Select Check, www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check.
To see an organization’s current activities or financial data, you can use www.guidestar.org.
An organization, or its officers, may request a copy of the organization's own return on Form 4506-A. However, they will only receive the copy that is "Open for Public Inspection." The publicly available copy will not include, for example, information that may identify a contributor and documents that were filed with the return, but are not open to public inspection. An organization, or its officers, may request a complete copy of the organization's own return by completing Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and paying the applicable fee.
The IRS can provide copies of exempt organization returns on DVD. Requesters can order the complete set (for example, all Forms 990 and 990-EZ or all Forms 990-PF filed for a year) or a partial set by state or by month. If you are ordering a partial set on DVD, indicate the format (Alchemy or raw), state(s), and month(s) you are ordering. Sample DVD requests are not available for individual states. DVDs and sample DVDs are not available for individual exempt organizations. Complete information, including the cost, is available on the IRS website. Search Copies of Scanned EO Returns Available at www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Copies-of-Scanned-EO-Returns-Available.
DVDs contain image files associated in an Alchemy database to simplify visual searching of the tax returns. All required Alchemy software is provided. This format is best for users who wish to examine returns visually. Individual state DVDs are only available in Alchemy format.
DVDs contain image files in Tag Image File (TIF) format for returns selected for the month or quarter requested. This format is best for users who intend to process the image files through their data software.
You may inspect a return, report, notice, or exemption application at an IRS office free of charge.
If you want a photocopy of a return, report, notice, or an exemption application, see the chart below.
The IRS will send you a bill for the photocopy cost. If your cost is over $250, we will ask for payment in advance.
|IF you are. . .||THEN the charge for paper copies is . . .|
|A commercial user||$ .20 per page|
|An educational institution, media, non-commercial scientific institution, or all other requesters||First 100 pages free, |
$ .20 per page thereafter
DVD requests and sample DVD requests must be prepaid. Please include your payment with your request. Search Copies of Scanned EO Returns Available at www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Copies-of-Scanned-EO-Returns-Available for the cost of DVDs and sample DVDs. A check or money order for the fee should be payable to "United States Treasury."
Fees for DVDs are updated in January of each processing year. Refer to IRS.gov to determine the required fee related to the processing year the request is submitted for. For example – Processing year 2015 DVD fees are updated January 2015.
Use the following chart to determine where to fax or mail (depending on the service needed) Form 4506-A.
|IF you want . . .||THEN file Form 4506-A |
with the . . .
|To inspect a return, report, notice, or exemption application at an IRS office*||Internal Revenue Service |
Disclosure Scanning Operation - Stop 93A
P.O. Box 621506,
Atlanta, GA 30362-3006
|To inspect a return, report, notice, or exemption application at IRS National Headquarters||Internal Revenue Service |
Attn: Freedom of Information Reading Room
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20224
|A copy of an exemption application, Form 1023, Form 1024, Determination Letter, or updated Determination Letter (includes all supporting documents)||Internal Revenue Service |
Attn: Correspondence Unit
P.O. Box 2508, Room 4024
Cincinnati, OH 45201
Fax no. 513-263-3434
|A copy of a return, |
report, or notice
|Internal Revenue Service |
RAIVS Unit MS: 6716
Ogden, UT 84201
Fax no. 801-620-7896
*The office handling your request will contact you to schedule an appointment when the item is available for inspection.
Exempt or political organization.
Enter the organization's official name under which exempt status was approved, address, and employer identification number. If you do not enter the official name, we may not be able to locate the requested form. Complete a separate Form 4506-A for each organization.
Enter the requester's name, address, phone number, and the name of a contact person.
Category of requester.
Check the appropriate category of the requester. You must check a box.
Reason for request.
To avoid being charged the commercial rate, all requesters except commercial users must provide a reason for requesting the records and explain how the records will be used.
For each applicable form, check the box(es) for the item(s) you are requesting. You may request more than one form. For each form requested, check either the copy, inspection, DVD, or sample DVD box and enter the specific tax year(s) or period(s) as indicated. If ordering a partial set on DVD or sample DVD, indicate the format, state(s), and month(s) requested. If ordering a sample DVD, check the sample DVD box, indicate the format, and write in the calendar year(s). Sample DVD requests are not available for individual states. Individual state DVDs are only available in Alchemy format.
Incomplete requests will be rejected.