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|Nonprofit Benefit: HOW TO QUALIFY FOR REDUCED NONPROFIT POSTAGE RATES|
As a Non Profit you are eligible for a reduced postage rate from the US Postal Service. If you meet the eligibility requirements, which most Non Profits do, you can pay Non Profit Standard Mail rates, which are approximately 40% lower than regular postal rates.
If you are a Non Profit who sends out periodicals, membership information, mass lettering, newsletters, or other mass mailings, the free application for Non Profit Standard Mailing status will save your organizations time and money.
Non Profits that are eligible cannot have funds that benefit any stockholders or members; they include: not for profit organizations: educational, philanthropic, religious, and scientific groups (501(c)3), agricultural and labor (501(c)5), fraternal (501(c)8, veteran groups (501(c)19).
Note: If you are in the process of applying for tax-exempt status, you can apply for Nonprofit Standard Mail Eligibility while your IRS Non Profit tax-exempt status is pending. The mailer may continue to mail in a pending status until a final decision is reached on an appeal of a denied application.
Submit an application form, PS Form 3624, Application to Mail at Nonprofit Standard Mail Rates, as well as the supporting documents to the post office you plan to use. The necessary supporting documents are:
Restrictions on Mailings
The Postal Service and the IRS have strict guidelines on what types of mail can be sent using the nonprofit rate, including:
It is important to note that the Postal Service looks at each mailing which you bring them and they will charge more if the content violates the Postal Service's standards. Be careful of words such as “sponsored by” and anything promoting travel, insurance or bank-card sales.
United States Postal Service
Nonprofit Standard Mail and Other Unique Eligibility
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Thomas Wrobel provided expert assistance to us in setting up our nonprofit corporation and in preparing our application for 501c3 status. His knowledge and guidance was particularly helpful in responding to IRS queries. We are pleased that with Tom's assistance we obtained 501c3 tax exempt status.
Dan Newman, Executive Director, TakeBackCA.org (Educational on Public Policy Issue – Campaign Finance)