Internal Revenue Service

Are you a small charity seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exemption? See if you’re eligible to use the online IRS Form 1023EZ.

Tips on Travel While Giving to Charity.

Find out more about exempt organizations filing requirements.

Find out more about exempt organizations filing requirements.
Do not include SSNs on IRS Form 990.
Watch our YouTube video for more information.

IRS cautions tax-exempt organizations not to include Social Security numbers when filing 990 forms. For more information, go to www.IRS.gov and hover over “information for” and then click “charities and non-profits.”

Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions.

IRS Tips for Year-End Giving.

Avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • To help disaster victims, donate to recognized charities.

  • Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find legitimate, qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible. Legitimate charities may also be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at fema.gov.

  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution from you. Scam artists may use this information to steal your identity and money.

  • Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.

  • If you plan to make a contribution for which you would like to claim a deduction, see IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, to read about the kinds of organizations that can receive deductible contributions.

 For more on tax scams and schemes go to IRS.gov.


Search for IRS Qualified Charities

The IRS cautions people wishing to make charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • Donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of phony charities with names or bogus websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. Scammers often send e-mail that steers the recipient to bogus websites that sound as though they are affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.
  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution from you. Scam artists may use this information to steal your identity and money.
  • Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.

The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, that allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible.

Learn more at www.irs.gov.

IRS Offers Tips for Year-End Giving

imageTo help taxpayers plan their holiday-season and year-end giving, the IRS offers the following additional reminders:

• Contributions are deductible in the year made.
• Check that the organization is qualified using the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check tool
• For individuals, only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions.
• For all donations of property, including clothing and household items, get from the charity, if possible, a receipt that includes the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and a reasonably-detailed description of the donated property.
• If the amount of a taxpayer’s deduction for all noncash contributions is over $500, a properly-completed Form 8283 must be submitted with the tax return.
• And, as always it’s important to keep good records and receipts.

IRS.gov has additional information on charitable giving including:
• Charities & Non-Profits
• Publication 526, Charitable Contributions
• Online mini-course, Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions? 
• IRS Exempt Select Check Tool YouTube Video