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 The Internal Revenue Services has revised Form 1023, which charities use to apply for Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. This enabled e-filing of the form, which started on January 31.

Applications for recognition of exemption on Form 1023 must now be submitted electronically online at The IRS will accept paper version during a 90-day grace period.

A registered user fee of $600 for the form will remain in effect for this year with applicants needing to pay the fee through the same web site. Payments can be made directly from a bank account or by credit or debit card. Exempt Organizations Update, a free e-Newsletter from the IRS Exempt Organizations’ office, provides updates about Form 1023 and tax policy, services and information.

Information on how to apply f tax-exempt status is available at Applying for Tax-Exempt Status on; Form 1023 Electronic Filing Overview presentation on; and Applying for 501(c)(3) Status course on

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Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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