On January 20, the IRS released its Exempt Organization Newsletter, Issue Number 2012-02. Topics include the following:
- IRS Launches New Online Search Tool
- IRS to Co-sponsor Conference on Nonprofit Governance
- Academic Institution Initiative
- Top 10 Helpful Features on the IRS Website
1. IRS Launches New Online Search Tool
The IRS today launched a new online search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, to help users more easily find information about tax-exempt organizations. Users can now go to one location on IRS.gov to search for:
- Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (formerly listed in electronic Publication 78). Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of contributions, just as they did with Pub. 78
- Organizations whose federal tax exemption automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years (Auto-Revocation List)
- Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filers and their submissions
EO Select Check offers improved search options. Users can now look for organizations eligible to receive deductible charitable organizations (Pub. 78 data) by Employer Identification Number (EIN), which wasn’t possible previously. And this data is now updated monthly instead of quarterly.
In addition, the Auto-Revocation List may now be searched by EIN, name, city, state, ZIP code, country, exemption type, and revocation posting date, rather than only by state.
The EO Select Check site also contains search tips that offer suggestions on how to use the search application.
2. IRS to Co-sponsor Conference on Nonprofit Governance
The IRS, Georgetown Law School and Independent Sector will co-sponsor a program on Nonprofit Governance: Empowering Board Leadership on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Georgetown Law Center. Find more information and register online today.
3. Academic Institution Initiative
IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) plans to recruit several graduate students for unpaid internships this summer as part of its Academic Institution Initiative (AII). The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of how EO works and become familiar with the federal tax code. Detailed information about the initiative, as well as the intern application and fact sheet, can be found on the AII page on IRS.gov. All completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 202-283-9848, to the attention of Pilar Jarrin no later than Friday, March 2.
4. Top 10 Helpful Features on the IRS Website
Find the tax information you need 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you need is a computer and Internet access because the IRS website has a wealth of free information and online tax support. Read the top 10 reasons to visit IRS.gov.