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by T.S. Wrobel & Associates

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Revive Your 501c3 Status - for organizations that failed to file and whose 501c3 Status has been revoked
DID YOU FAIL TO FILE A 990 RETURN FOR '07, '08, and '09?  If so, you may have lost your status. Fortunately if you act quickly you may be able to save your tax exempt status. Read below and Call us at 800-928-4161 for further information on how we can get your status restored.
Normally we help nonprofits stay compliant or to get started and established as a 501c3.  But since the IRS mass revocation announcement, we are already helping a few people recover their status.  One youth athletic organization which owns a baseball field had turnover in their parent leadership and just stopped filing for three years. Another was just inactive and did not know about the rule change in 2006 that all exempt organizations must file. Both had their status revoked for not filing 990 returns for three years.  Here is a recent announcement from the IRS, where you can research whether your nonprofit's status has been revoked:

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that it has released a listing of  approximately 275,000 organizations that under the law have automatically lost their tax-exempt status because they have not filed annual reports as legally required for the past three years. If an organization appears on the list of auto-revoked organizations it is because IRS records indicate the organization has a filing requirement and has not filed the required returns or notices for 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The IRS has issued guidance on how organizations can apply for reinstatement of their tax-exempt status, including retroactive reinstatement. In addition, the IRS announced transition relief for certain smaller tax-exempt groups - those with annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less for 2010 and eligible to file Form 990-N, the e-Postcard.  The relief allows eligible revoked groups to gain retroactive tax-exempt status and pay a reduced application fee of $100 rather than the typical $400 fee. More information, including FAQs and a Fact Sheet, can be found on the  IRS website.


Here is an IRS YouTube video on the subject.
We at the Nonprofit Legal Center wish you well with your endeavors, and I hope you are enjoying your summer. 

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