501(c)(3) Determination Letter

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF® | Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on December 14, 2022

How to Get a Copy of 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

A 501(c)(3) determination letter is a letter of approval issued by the IRS to successful 501(c)(3) applicants. You can search through past determination letters from as far back as 2014 through a tool available on the IRS website. You can request a copy of your determination letter by contacting the IRS.

501(c)(3) Letter to Donors

501(c)(3) organizations are required by the IRS to give donation receipts to their donors.

Donations to 501(c)(3) organizations, as well as some other qualified institutions, are tax deductible, so donors need the receipts to show to the IRS.

501(c)(3) Determination Letter FAQs

What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

A 501(c)(3) organization is a non-profit organization with tax exempt status that is dedicated to the general well-being of society.

What is a 501(c)(3) determination letter?

A 501(c)(3) determination letter is a letter of approval issued by the IRS to successful 501(c)(3) applicants.

Is a 501(c)(3) organization tax exempt?

A 501(c)(3) organization is tax exempt so long as it remains true to its stated mission and remains compliant with the IRS.

What does 501(c)(3) mean?

501(c)(3) is the internal revenue code (IRC) section for organizations with tax exempt status. 501(c)(3) falls under internal revenue code 501(c).

About the Author

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.

To learn more about True, visit his personal website, view his author profile on Amazon, or check out his speaker profile on the CFA Institute website.

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