How Long Does It Take to Become a 501(c)(3)?

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

Updated on December 14, 2022

Length of Time to Become a 501(c)(3)

After submitting form 1023, the application for 501(c)(3) status, it may take the IRS 3 to 6 months to get a decision back to you. The amount of time it will take depends on the size and complexity of the operation, so it is not unheard of for it to take up to 12 months.

How Long Does It Take to Become a 501(c)(3) 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.

How Long Does It Take to Become a 501(c)(3)?

After submitting form 1023, the application for 501(c)(3) status, it may take the IRS 3 to 6 months to get a decision back to you.

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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