About Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
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Organizations must electronically file this form to apply for recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).
Note. You may be eligible to file Form 1023-EZ, a streamlined version of the application for recognition of tax exemption. You must complete the Form 1023-EZ Eligibility Worksheet in the Instructions for Form 1023-EZ
to determine if you are eligible to file this form. If you are not eligible to file Form 1023-EZ, you can still file Form 1023.
Current Revision
To submit Form 1023, you must:
  1. Register for an account on
  2. Enter "1023" in the search box and select Form 1023.
  3. Complete the form.
Instructions for Form 1023 (Print VersionPDF)
Recent Developments
LLC Applying for Tax-exempt Status under Section 501(c)(3) Must Submit Information Described in Notice 2021-56 
Changes to Jan. 2020 Revision of Instructions for Form 1023, Schedule E, Line 2 and Line 2a -- 27-JAN-2021
Updated Information on Signing Electronically Submitted Form 1023 -- 05-MAY-2020
Taxpayer Relief for Certain Tax-Related Deadlines Due To Coronavirus Pandemic -- 14-APR-2020
Electronic Filing of Form 1023 -- 31-JAN-2020
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