How to reinstate tax-exempt status if revoked?
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Applicable To
990-PF 990-N 990-EZ 990 8868 1120-POL

If your organization's tax-exempt status gets revoked automatically, you must submit an application with the IRS to reinstate your status. 
 
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Organizations can apply for reinstatement by following the below four processes:

For Organizations that file Forms 990-EZ and 990-N: Streamlined retroactive reinstatement process

Applicable for organizations that were required to file Form 990-EZ or 990-N for the three years preceding their revocation may have their tax-exempt status reinstated retroactively to the date of revocation if they have never had their tax-exempt status withdrawn previously.

  • File Form 1023, Form 1024, or Form 1024-A within 15 months of the later date on the organization's revocation letter (CP-120A) or the date the organization is listed on the IRS website's Revocation List.

For Organizations that file Forms 990 and 990-PF: Retroactive reinstatement process (within 15 months)

Applicable for organizations who had their tax-exempt status previously automatically revoked or that had to submit Form 990 or Form 990-PF for the three years that led to the revocation may have it reinstated retroactively to the date of the revocation if they:

  • File Form 1023, Form 1024, or Form 1024-A within 15 months of the later date on the organization's revocation letter (CP-120A) or the date the organization is listed on the IRS website's Revocation List.
  • Include a declaration with the application proving that the organization had a valid reason for not submitting the required annual return for at least one of the three consecutive years. 

Retroactive reinstatement (after 15 months)

Applicable for organizations who had their tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated to the date of revocation and they request reinstatement 15 months after the date on their revocation letter (CP-120A) or the date the organization is listed on the IRS website's Revocation List.

  • Meet all requirements for "Retroactive reinstatement (within 15 months)",  and it must include a declaration with the application proving that the organization had a valid reason for not submitting the required annual return for all three consecutive years. 

Post-mark date reinstatement

The organizations can apply for reinstatement effective from the post-mark date of their application if they file Form 1023, Form 1024, or Form 1024-A. 

On the tax returns, the organization must write "Retroactive Reinstatement" and mail them to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201-0027

Tax-exempt status was automatically revoked due to an error.

If you think that your tax-exempt status was revoked due to an error, call IRS Consumer Account Services at (877) 829-5500.

E-file with Tax990 to avoid Automatic Revocation

Tax990 offers two different filing processes: Direct-form entry and interview-style filing. 

You can choose one and file your 990 forms effortlessly to avoid automatic revocation of your tax-exempt status. 

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