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File Extension OnlineFile extension online Publication 557 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders Introduction What's New Proposed regulations on “good faith determinations”. File extension online Proposed regulations modify standards for making a good faith determination that a foreign organization is a charitable organization, grants to which may be qualifying distributions and not taxable expenditures. File extension online The proposed regulations identify a broader class of tax practitioners upon whose written advice a private foundation may base a “good faith determination. File extension online ” See, Proposed Regulations: Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations, REG-134974-12, 2012-47 I. File extension online R. File extension online B. File extension online 553. File extension online Prop. File extension online Regs. File extension online on Good Faith Determinations. File extension online New Requirements for section 501(c)(3) Hospitals Under the Affordable Care Act. File extension online The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted March 23, 2010, added new requirements that hospital organizations must satisfy in order to be described in section 501(c)(3), as well as new reporting requirements and excise taxes. File extension online On June 22, 2012, the Service issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the new requirements enacted by the ACA applicable to section 501(c)(3) hospital organizations. File extension online See, Proposed Regulations: Additional Requirements for Charitable Hospitals, REG-13026-11, 77 Fed. File extension online Reg. File extension online 38148. File extension online On April 3, 2013, the Service issued proposed regulations on the ACA's community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements. File extension online The proposed regulations also discuss the related reporting and excise tax requirements for charitable hospitals and the consequences for failure to satisfy the section 501(r) requirements. File extension online See, Proposed Regulations: Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals, REG-106499-12, 78 Fed. File extension online Reg. File extension online 20,523. File extension online Timing of when an Organization is exempt for Federal Tax Purposes. File extension online As noted in section 2. File extension online 03(4) of Revenue Procedure 2013-9, 2013-2 I. File extension online R. File extension online B. File extension online 267, the provisions in section 11. File extension online 01 regarding the effect of determination letters or rulings recognizing exempt status of organizations described in section 501(c), other than sections 501(c)(3), (9), (17), and (29), have been revised. File extension online Prior to this year, and back to 1962, when such organizations applied for recognition, the IRS would usually recognize the organizations as tax exempt from the date of formation, no matter how long the interval between the date of formation and the date of application. File extension online In addition to the practical difficulties of ascertaining an organization's purposes and activities for this period, such recognition is now potentially inconsistent with the provisions of section 6033(j), which automatically revokes the exempt status of an organization that fails to file required Form 990 series returns or notices for three consecutive years. File extension online The new procedure adopts a practice similar to the rule for section 501(c)(3) organizations for these organizations, generally permitting recognition from the date of formation if the organization has: always met the requirements for exemption, has applied within 27 months from the end of the month in which it was organized, and has not failed to file required Form 990 series returns or notices for three consecutive years. File extension online Section 11. File extension online 01(3) notes: an organization that otherwise meets the requirements for tax-exempt status and the issuance of a determination letter or ruling that does not meet the requirements for recognition from date of formation will generally be recognized from the postmark date of its application. File extension online Exempt Organizations Select Check. File extension online The IRS has developed an on-line search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, that allows users to select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings. File extension online It consolidates three former search sites into one, providing expanded search capability and a more efficient way to search for organizations that: Are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (Publication 78 data). File extension online Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of contributions, just as they did when Publication 78 was a separate electronic publication rather than part of Select Check. File extension online Have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under the law because they have not filed Form 990 series returns or notices annually as required for three consecutive years (Auto-Revocation List). File extension online Have filed a Form 990-N (e-Postcard) annual electronic notice. File extension online In addition to searching for a particular organization, users may download a complete list of each of the three types of organizations through Exempt Organizations Select Check. File extension online See also Revenue Procedure 2011-33, 2011-25 I. File extension online R. File extension online B. File extension online 887. File extension online Future developments. File extension online . File extension online The IRS has created a page on IRS. File extension online gov for information about Publication 557, at www. File extension online irs. File extension online gov/pub557. File extension online Information about any future developments affecting Publication 557 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. File extension online Reminders The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). File extension online The ACA added several new laws. File extension online This includes a new excise tax on indoor tanning services, a small business health care tax credit, additional requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, and the section 501(c)(29) CO-OP program. File extension online For more information, go to IRS. File extension online gov and select Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions. File extension online Electronic filing requirement for large organizations. File extension online For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2006, only organizations that file 250 returns during the calendar year and that have total assets of $10 million or more are required to file Form 990 electronically. File extension online For more information, go to e-file for Charities and Non-Profits. File extension online Section 501(c)(15) gross receipts. File extension online The definition of gross receipts for purposes of determining whether small insurance companies qualify as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(15) has changed. File extension online See Notice 2006-42, 2006-19 I. File extension online R. File extension online B. File extension online 878, Notice 2006-42. File extension online Prohibited tax shelter transactions. File extension online New excise taxes are imposed under section 4965 on certain tax-exempt organizations entering into prohibited tax shelter transactions. File extension online See T. File extension online D. File extension online 9492, Excise Taxes on Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions and Related Disclosure Requirements, 2010-33 I. File extension online R. File extension online B. File extension online 242. File extension online See IRS Issues Final Regulations Regarding Excise Taxes on Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions and Related Disclosure Requirement. File extension online Pension Protection Act of 2006 tax changes. File extension online The Pension Protection Act of 2006 made numerous changes to the tax law provisions affecting tax-exempt organizations. File extension online Unless otherwise noted, most of the changes became effective on August 17, 2006. File extension online For key provisions, go to The Pension Protection Act of 2006. File extension online Section 501(c)(3) organizations must make their Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Tax Return (and proxy tax under section 6033(e)), open for public inspection for a period of 3 years from the date the Form 990-T is required to be filed (determined with regard to any extension of time for filing) or is actually filed, whichever is later. File extension online There is an increase in excise taxes relating to public charities, social welfare organizations, and private foundations. File extension online There are additional standards for credit counseling organizations. File extension online The definition of convention or association of churches has been modified. File extension online Entities that are not required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ must file new Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or 990-EZ. File extension online The requirements of disclosure to state officials relating to exempt organizations has been modified. File extension online There are excise taxes imposed on excess benefit transactions involving donor advised funds and sponsoring organizations. File extension online There are new excise taxes on prohibited tax shelter transactions. File extension online There is a modification of recordkeeping requirements for certain charitable contributions. File extension online Introduction This publication discusses the rules and procedures for organizations that seek recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). File extension online It explains the procedures you must follow to obtain an appropriate ruling or determination letter recognizing your organization's exemption, as well as certain other information that applies generally to all exempt organizations. File extension online To qualify for exemption under the Code, your organization must be organized for one or more of the purposes specifically designated in the Code. File extension online Organizations that are exempt under section 501(a) include those organizations described in section 501(c). File extension online Section 501(c) organizations are covered in this publication. File extension online Chapter 1, Application, Approval, and Appeal Procedures, provides general information about the procedures for obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status. File extension online Chapter 2, Filing Requirements and Required Disclosures, contains information about annual filing requirements and other matters that may affect your organization's tax-exempt status. File extension online Chapter 3, Section 501(c)(3) Organizations, contains detailed information on various matters affecting section 501(c)(3) organizations, including a section on the determination of private foundation status. File extension online Chapter 4, Other Section 501(c) Organizations, includes separate sections for specific types of organizations described in section 501(c). File extension online Chapter 5, Excise Taxes, provides information on when excise taxes may be imposed. File extension online Organizations not discussed in this publication. File extension online Certain organizations that may qualify for exemption are not discussed in this publication, although they are included in the Organization Reference Chart. File extension online These organizations (and the Code sections that apply to them) are as follows. File extension online Corporations organized under Acts of Congress 501(c)(1) Teachers' retirement fund associations 501(c)(11) Mutual insurance companies 501(c)(15) Corporations organized to finance crop operations 501(c)(16) Employee funded pension trusts (created before June 25, 1959) 501(c)(18) Withdrawal liability payment fund 501(c)(22) Veterans' organizations (created before 1880) 501(c)(23) National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust 501(c)(28) Religious and apostolic associations 501(d) Cooperative hospital service organizations 501(e) Cooperative service organizations of operating educational organizations 501(f) Section 501(c)(24) organizations (section 4049 ERISA trusts) are neither discussed in the text nor listed in the Organization Reference Chart. File extension online Similarly, farmers' cooperative associations that qualify for exemption under section 521, qualified state tuition programs described in section 529, and pension, profit-sharing, and stock bonus plans described in section 401(a) are not discussed in this publication. File extension online If you think your organization falls within one of these categories, contact the IRS for any additional information you need. File extension online For telephone assistance, call 1-877-829-5500. File extension online Check the Table of Contents at the beginning of this publication to determine whether your organization is described in this publication. File extension online If it is, read the chapter (or section) that applies to your type of organization for the specific information you must give when applying for recognition of exemption. File extension online Organization Reference Chart. File extension online The Organization Reference Chart enables you to locate at a glance the section of the Code under which your organization might qualify for exemption. File extension online It also shows the required application form and, if your organization meets the exemption requirements, the annual return to be filed (if any), and whether or not a contribution to your organization will be deductible by a donor. File extension online It also describes each type of qualifying organization and the general nature of its activities. File extension online You may use the Organization Reference Chart to determine the Code section that you think applies to your organization. File extension online Any correspondence with the IRS (in requesting forms or otherwise) will be expedited if you indicate in your correspondence the appropriate Code section. File extension online Check the IRS website, IRS. File extension online gov, for the latest updates, Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits, www. File extension online irs. File extension online gov/charities/index. File extension online html. File extension online Comments and suggestions. File extension online We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. File extension online You can e-mail us while visiting our website at IRS. File extension online gov. File extension online You can send your comments to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. File extension online NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. File extension online Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. File extension online If you wish telephone assistance, please call 1-877-829-5500. 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