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How long does it take to get 501(c)3 status?

The processing time for a 501(c)3 application varies depending on the workload of the IRS and the completeness of the application. In general, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to receive approval.

If your organization is eligible for the IRS Form 1023-EZ, the processing time can be as quick as two weeks. The typical timeframe is between 4 and 6 weeks. To qualify for this process, the organization must meet 1023-EZ eligibility criteria and have an annual gross receipts projection of $50,000 or less for the first three years of operation. The IRS posts information on their current application processing times on their Where's My Application? page.

For all other organizations, the processing time is typically longer. The IRS reviews each application on a case-by-case basis, and they may request additional information or clarification if needed. It's essential to ensure that the application is complete and accurate to avoid delays in processing.

Overall, it's important to plan ahead and allow plenty of time for the application to be reviewed and approved.

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