We have applied for IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for our animal welfare organization that is a non-profit in the state of Ohio. It has been one year and the application is still awaiting being assigned to an IRS caseworker. I am aware that once 501(c)(3) status is granted, it will be retroactive to the date of the application 9September 2012). Can we utilize a tax exempt status now if we say the approval is pending and if we complete the appropriate tax return when due? Thank you!
1 Answer from Attorneys
The application being filed, does not mean that they will grant you (c)(3) status. The best way that I have found to expedite this process is to work with your senators and congressmen. They can expedite this process in a significant way. They will give you temporary status that can become permanent in 4 years.
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