How Much Does the 501(c)(3) Application Cost?

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

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Updated on March 29, 2023

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Cost of 501(c)(3) Application

The cost of applying for 501(c)(3) status for your organization depends largely on its size. Sufficiently small organizations that are eligible to fill out the abridged form may only have to pay a $275 user fee.

Larger organizations will have to pay $600 plus the cost of an attorney, which may cost up to $15,000.

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True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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