How long does it take to obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status?

The IRS reviews and evaluates every 01(c)(3) tax exempt status application thoroughly and, with some exceptions, in the order received. Processing time varies and may depend on the volume of applications being received as well as the completeness and accuracy of the application submitted.

Application processing time can range from 4-8 months, and in some cases even longer. Expedited processing may be requested in order to facilitate urgent relief efforts or to accommodate grant deadlines, however expedited processing is not guaranteed.  After processing is complete, the IRS sends an official determination letter informing the applicant whether their organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) entity.

Tips for avoiding delays with the application process are through one of our helpful customer representatives.