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Charity Applications Expedited for Organizations Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims
The IRS has announced that an expedited review and approval process will be offered for organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. To apply for tax-exempt status, organizations must file IRS Form 1023 and write at the top of the form "Disaster Relief, Hurricane Sandy". In addition to Form 1023 and its instructions, the IRS offers Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations, which provides information about establishing a new charitable organization. Organizations seeking to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy that have already submitted an application can fax a request labeled "Disaster Relief, Hurricane Sandy" that includes the organization's name, employer identification number, contact name and phone number to 513-263-4554 in order to be given the same expedited handling.
The IRS also continues to encourage people to use existing organizations currently working on immediate aid efforts. The web site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Government’s main Web portal at FirstGov.gov both offer lists of organizations that provide support to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The IRS will also continually update its on-line search feature, Select Check, that allows taxpayers to determine if a charity has IRS-approved tax-exempt status.