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

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

Updated on December 14, 2022

How Long Does It Take for a 501(c)(3) to Be Approved?

The amount of time it will take to get an application for 501(c)(3) status approved depends on the size and complexity of the operation. Typically the IRS can issue a decision within 3 to 5 months, but it is not unheard of for larger operations to take up to 12 months.

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

Typically the IRS can issue a decision within 3 to 5 months, but it is not unheard of for larger operations to take up to 12 months.

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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