am a board member for a high school aquatics booster club
and I am wondering how to go about getting replacement proof
of our 501(c)(3) filing/status for fundraising purposes. We have
a tax id# but I need proof of our current tax-exempt nonprofit
If you need official confirmation, you can check Publication 78 at the IRS website online. That publication lists most of the organizations that qualify as tax exempt. To get another copy of an exemption letter, write to the IRS.
If you find the IRS website intimidating or less than user friendly, you can also get confirmation by going to www.guidestar.com. Guidestar has information and Form 990 tax information returns on most charities in the country. If you have been filing annual tax returns (other than the 990-N), they will probably be shown on the Guidestar website. If you haven't been filing any returns at all, you may have lost your exempt status. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 provides that most exempt organizations that fail to file a required tax return for three years in a row automatically lose their exempt status. The first list of groups that have lost their exempt status should be released sometime in 2011.
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