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 you submit your application for tax-exempt status or other determination request through Pay.gov, you will receive a confirmation email that the IRS has received your application. Your application may include enough information for the IRS to make a determination without contacting you. However, an IRS Exempt Organizations specialist may contact you if we need more information to process your application. The specialist will mail you a letter and/or call you or your authorized representative. The letter will contain the name, address, direct telephone number, and fax number of the specialist working on your application. 

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 webpage 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 April 4, 2024
Form 1023 July 20, 2023
Form 1024 August 1, 2023
Form 1024-A August 8, 2023
Form 8940 August 9, 2023

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
Attn: Manager, EO Correspondence
550 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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