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Do I Have to File for IRS Tax Exempt Status to Be a Nonprofit?

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Question: Do I Have to File for IRS Tax Exempt Status to Be a Nonprofit?
Answer:

There are many types of nonprofit organizations. The most common is the 501(c)(3) which serves a charitable purpose and is often registered with the IRS as a tax-exempt organization.

However, some organizations that do charitable work are not registered charities. For instance, some small organizations ($5000 or less income) are considered Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations which are not required to file for IRS tax-exempt designation, although it still may be advantageous to do so.

Read more about Nonprofit Types and Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations.

Note: This article is not intended to be legal advice. It is advised that you consult your own attorney in regard to your specific situation.

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