Beginning this month, the IRS combines three search engines into one to create the Exempt Organizations Select Check (EOSC). You are likely familiar with Publication 78, which is now folded into the EOSC with some expanded capability. Current and potential donors can go to one location online and determine the following:
– Your federal tax status
– If your organization is on the Auto-Revocation List for having tax-exempt status revoked due to not filing a Form 990 for three consecutive years (updates monthly)
– If your organization filed a Form 990-N (e-postcard information updated weekly)
I recommend periodically searching for your organization on this database just to make sure that the information reported on the database is correct. For example, the EOSC now includes the ability to search and sort organizations by Employer Identification Number (EIN), and you want to be sure that the links are correct.