As we pointed out in our Oct. 19, 2010 entry, it might have been worthwhile to delay filing a new Form 1023 until the IRS launched its “Cyber Assistant” online version which enabled online filing at a substantreduced fee. However, buried in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2011-1 is the following statement:
“… the Service does not expect Cyber Assistant (a Web-based software program designed to assist organizations in preparing their application for recognition of exemption under Â§ 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Form 1023)) to become available in 2011.”
Therefore, if you were waiting to file a Form 1023 until this service was available, you might consider proceeding with the paper version, even at the higher fee. Generally, an organization has 27 months from the date of formation to file the Form 1023, and if the tax exempt status is approved by the IRS, the organization will be deemed to be tax-exempt since the formation date (and donations to the organization since the formation date will generally be deductible to the donors).