Tax Forms for 501(c)(3) Organizations

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

Updated on December 14, 2022

Tax Forms for 501c3 Organizations

Even though 501(c)3 organizations are exempt from paying federal income taxes, they must still file a tax statement with the IRS. The forms used are the 990-series, which contain information about the organization's mission, programs, and finances. These forms are published by the IRS and are available to the public.

Tax Forms for 501c3 Organizations 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 are the tax forms for 501(c)(3) organizations?

The forms used by 501(c)(3)s are the 990-series, which contain information about the organization’s mission, programs, and finances.

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.

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