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IRS Updates, July 2013: Optional Expedited Application Process for Certain 501(c)(4) Exemption Applications, Nationwide Tax Forums, and More

It may be the dog days of summer, but IRS Exempt Organizations has been busy, busy, busy.

Optional Expedited Process for Certain 501(c)(4) Exemption Applications

Your organization may qualify for expedited processing of your application for tax exemption if:

  • it applied for exemption as a 501(c)(4) organization;
  • your application had been pending for more than 120 days as of May 28, 2013; and
  • your case involves possible political campaign intervention or issue advocacy.

If this sounds like you, you can get more information on the New Review Process and Expedited Self-Certification Option page of the IRS Web site.

Nationwide Tax Forums

The first Nationwide Tax Forum has already been held, but five more will be held between now and mid-September.

Learn more about the Nationwide Tax Forums

Grapevine, Tex. (Dallas) Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center July 30-August 1, 2013
New Orleans, La. Hyatt Regency New Orleans August 13-15, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta Marriott Marquis August 20-22, 2013
Nation Harbor (D.C.) Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center August 27-29, 2013
San Diego, Calif. Town and Country Resort September 17-19, 2013

Phone Forums

The IRS is also offering phone forums for exempt nonprofits. Space is limited, so register quickly.

Date and TimeTopic
July 24, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT Charities and Their Volunteers
July 30, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT Veterans Organizations—Complying with IRS Rules
July 31, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT What's Special about Schedule K (Form 990)
August 21, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT 501(c)(7) Social Clubs
September 10, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes
September 18, 2013, 2 p.m. EDT Stay Exempt: A Guide for Charitable Organizations with Changing Leadership

Workshops for Small and Medium-Sized 501(c)(3) Organizations

Exempt Organizations is continuing its popular workshops for small and medium charitable organizations. Register now

DateLocationHosted by
August 13, 2013 Highland Heights, Ky. University of Kentucky
August 15 Lexington, Ky. University of Kentucky
August 20-21 San Francisco, Calif. Golden Gate University
August 28-29 Anaheim, Calif. Trinity Law School
September 9 St. Paul, Minn. Hamline University
September 10 Minneapolis, Minn. University of St. Thomas

Section 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations Pages Updated

The updated pages illustrate new rules for section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations, i.e., certain organizations that carry out their exempt purposes by supporting other public charities. Section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations are classified as public charities rather than private foundations, which means they are not required to pay private foundation excise taxes.

Suzanne E. Coffman, July 2013
© 2013, GuideStar USA, Inc.

Suzanne Coffman is GuideStar's editorial director and editor of the GuideStar Newsletter. She drew heavily on EO Update 2013-12 for this article.

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