On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ and related guidance for small eligible organizations to apply for tax exempt status recognition using the simplified 1023-EZ. The streamlined application is available for most organizations with assets of $250,000 or less and annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less. These tests are applied to prior years of operations as well as projections for future years. Most small start-up nonprofit organizations should be eligible to utilize the new form, but the list of ineligible entities is lengthy and should be consulted.
The 1023-EZ must be submitted online, but a printed form of the 1023-EZ is a mere 3 pages compared to the 26 page regular Form 1023. The application is a logical step for small nonprofits, which already are subject to similar relaxed annual reporting requirements with the Form 990-EZ.