Search for Tax Exempt Organizations

 

The Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool

You can check an organization's:
  • Eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions
  • Review information about the organization's tax-exempt status and filings.

About the Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool

The online search tool allows you to search for an organization's tax exempt status and filings in the following data bases:

Tips for using the search Tool

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The information on the organizations are produced from computer records and is subject to certain limitations, particularly in the format and arrangement of the entries.

Searching by EIN

  • The dash after the first two digits is optional for entering the employer identification number (EIN)

Searching by organization’s name

  • Fields are not case-sensitive.
  • Include the entire or part of the name in quotation marks. For example, to search for Anytown General Hospital, enter "Anytown General Hospital" or "Anytown General".
  • Avoid common words such as “the” or Foundation.
  • Organizations are listed under the legal name or a “doing business as” name that are on file with the IRS. Common or popular names of an organizations are not on file.  
  • In the Publication 78 data, “doing business as” names of organizations are not listed.

Note: If you are not getting the result you want, try sorting by city, state or zip.

To narrow your search, use the date format MM-DD-YYYY or select a data range on the calendar.

  • For example, to find an organization whose revocation was posted on the 12th or 13th of the month, enter a search range of MM/11/YYYY to MM/14/YYYY.

Note: Date range searches are not inclusive.

If you find an organization listed on the Auto-Revocation List, it may have been reinstated by the IRS since the automatic revocation date. You can search Pub.78 data (for 501(c)(3) or other organizations eligible to receive deductible charitable contributions) or the Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract (for other 501(c) organizations) to find out if the organization’s tax- exempt status has been reinstated.  You may also review its determination letter posted on TEOS; a reinstated organization will have a determination letting referencing that it is being reinstated and with an effective date on or after the effective date of the revocation.

Searching organizations with foreign addresses

Due to the different structure of foreign addresses, data is sometimes found in an unexpected location.

  • For example, the province or country in which the organization is located is sometimes in the City field in the Auto-Revocation database.
  • If you see this in your search, try sorting your search differently.

You can search the following data sets

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You can review the list of organizations that have filed forms in the Form 990 Series:

  • Form 990
  • Form 990–EZ
  • Form 990–PF (501(c)(3) Private Foundations)
  • Form 990–T (990–T returns for 501(c)(3) organizations only)

​​Note:  JAWS users will need to request these files. 

Latest data posting: June 6, 2021

For more information about the Form 990 Series, see Form 990 Resources and Tools

Form 990-N (e-Postcard) is an annual electronic notice most small tax-exempt organizations (annual gross receipts normally $50,000 or less) are eligible to file instead of Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.

Latest data posting: June 14, 2021

Lists of organizations that can receive tax-deductible contributions.

  • Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of their contributions.
  • If an organization uses a “doing business as” (DBA) name, that name will not be listed in the Pub. 78 Data. Only the organization’s official name submitted to the IRS is included in the data set.
  • Some donees (i.e., churches, group ruling subordinates, and governmental units) eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions may not be listed in Pub. 78 Data. For more information see, Other Eligible Donees.

Latest data posting:  June 14, 2021

By law, tax-exempt status is automatically be revoked if an organization does not file the required Form 990-series returns or notices yearly for 3 consecutive years. The automatic revocation date is historical. It is the organization’s effective date of automatic revocation (the date for the filing of the third annual Return or notice), but doesn’t necessarily reflect its current tax-exempt status.

An organization may have applied for reinstatement of its tax-exempt status after the automatic revocation date had posted. IRS will recognize the reinstatement of the organization's tax-exempt status if the application is approved. You can find out if the exemption status has been reinstated by reviewing the Pub. 78 Data (for 501(c)(3) organizations) or reviewing its determination letter, which would show an effective date on or after the automatic revocation date, with the online tool or the bulk data download files.  You may also review the EO BMF Extract to check the organization’s current exempt status.

Revocation date of certain organizations
Organizations that do not file a required annual information return or notice for three consecutive years automatically lose their tax-exempt status by operation of law. An automatic revocation is effective on the original filing due date of the third annual return or notice (the “Revocation Date”). Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this year the IRS extended the filing dates for these returns and notices due from April 1 through July 14 to July 15, 2020.  Organizations eligible for this relief that failed to file for the two previous years and did not file by July 15 have automatically lost their tax-exempt status.  Due to systemic limitations, these organizations appear on the auto-revocation list showing a Revocation Date between April 1 and July 14, 2020.  However, the Revocation Date for these organizations is July 15, 2020. For more information on automatic revocation, including how to request reinstatement, see Automatic Revocation - How to Have Your Tax-Exempt Status Reinstated.

Latest data posting: June 14, 2021

IRS issues a determination letter recognizing an organization as tax-exempt under the sub-section for which it applied. An organization must apply and pay a user fee to receive a determination letter.

Note: JAWS users will need to request these files. 

Latest data posting: June 9, 2021

Note: JAWS users will not be able to hear the determination letters or copies of Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF or 990-T read aloud. The files are images of the actual letters or returns. To obtain one of these documents, you may:

  • Request it directly from the organization,
  • Complete and submit Form 4506-A, Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS Form, or
  • Call TE/GE Customer Account Services at 877-829-5500 to request the document.

Download a Data Set

You can download and review the full data sets, see Tax Exempt Organization Search Bulk Data Downloads

Cumulative Data Files

The Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract has information about organizations that have received a determination of tax-exempt status from IRS. This information is available by state and region for downloading.

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