The Exempt Organizations Study

Nonprofit charitable organizations are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other tax-exempt organizations covered in this section include those exempt under Sections 501(c)(4) through 501(c)(9). Descriptions of these organizations are below:


Religious, educational, charitable, scientific, or literary organizations; testing for public safety organizations. Also, organizations preventing cruelty to children or animals, or fostering national or international amateur sports competition


Civic leagues, social welfare organizations, and local associations of employees


Labor, agriculture, and horticultural organizations


Business leagues, chambers of commerce, and real estate boards


Social and recreational clubs


Fraternal beneficiary societies and associations


Voluntary employee beneficiary associations


Data are compiled from Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, and Form 990-EZ.


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