IRS Tax Tip 2019-42, April 16, 2019
Before dontating to a charity, taxpayers often want to research the organization. The IRS has a tool that lets people access information about charities and other tax-exempt organizations fast and easily. The Tax Exempt Organization Search is available anytime on IRS.gov.
Here are some things taxpayers will find when they use the TEOS tool:
- Images of an organization’s forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T filed with the IRS. New filings are added monthly.
A simplified search process
- TEOS is mobile friendly, which provides access to the search tool using smartphones or tablets.
Favorable determination letters
- These are issued by the IRS when an organization applied for and met the requirements for tax-exempt status. The IRS continues adding determination letters to the site. Eventually, all determination letters issued since January 2014 will be available.
This includes whether an organization:
- Is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
- Has had its tax-exempt status revoked because it failed to file required forms or notices for three consecutive years.
- Filed a Form 990-N annual electronic notice with the IRS. This applies to small organizations only.
Publicly available data from electronically-filed 990 forms is still available through Amazon Web Services.