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Check Automatic Revocation

It has come to our attention that some nonprofit organizations have erroneously lost their tax-exempt status from the IRS despite having filed their 990 tax forms in 2019.

Those contacting the IRS report that the issue may arise from the extension of the filing date of 990s from May to July. As we understand it, only some nonprofits received the automatic revocation, however, the situation is urgent for nonprofits that are entering year-end fundraising. 

This Excel file is a 2020 list of Iowa nonprofits that have lost tax-exempt status. It is important that you check the file to see if your organization appears in error.

If your organization is on this list, you might also want to check your status on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website by searching it in the Business Entities  database.

It is important to note that some organizations are included in the list because they have not filed taxes for three consecutive years. When organizations fail to do this, their tax-exempt status is automatically revoked by the IRS.

If you believe that your organization’s tax-exempt status has been revoked in error, contact Customer Account Services at the IRS, toll-free, at (877) 829-5500. Before calling, gather copies of all documentation that show a mistake was made.

More information on this and related issues are on the Revocation of Tax Exemption page on the National Council of Nonprofits website. For additional information, see the FAQ page on the IRS website that specifically addresses automatic revocation.

If you wish to affirm your organization’s status, go to the Tax Exempt Organization Search page on the IRS website. If you do not find your organization on the Excel list, it is possible that your tax-exempt status was automatically revoked earlier than 2020 or that your organization is still tax exempt.