There is a new website from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that will allow you to see if an organization is a non-profit or charity. From the website, “Exempt Organizations Select Check is an on-line search tool that allows users to select an organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filing.” After you click on the Select Organizations Exempt Check Tool at the website, there are three choices available to choose from.
- Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub. 78 data),
- Organizations whose federal tax exemption was automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years, or
- Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filers and filings.
The name or EIN number can be typed into the search box. Then, the search results should come up with the organization name, EIN number and the location it is in. The Deductibility Status is also listed (the type of charity the organization is.). This website is replacing Publication 78, which is no longer published by the IRS.