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Hr block free efile Publication 557 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders Introduction What's New Proposed regulations on “good faith determinations”. Hr block free efile  Proposed regulations modify standards for making a good faith determination that a foreign organization is a charitable organization, grants to which may be qualifying distributions and not taxable expenditures. Hr block free efile The proposed regulations identify a broader class of tax practitioners upon whose written advice a private foundation may base a “good faith determination. Hr block free efile ” See, Proposed Regulations: Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations, REG-134974-12, 2012-47 I. Hr block free efile R. Hr block free efile B. Hr block free efile 553. Hr block free efile Prop. Hr block free efile Regs. Hr block free efile on Good Faith Determinations. Hr block free efile New Requirements for section 501(c)(3) Hospitals Under the Affordable Care Act. Hr block free efile  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted March 23, 2010, added new requirements that hospital organizations must satisfy in order to be described in section 501(c)(3), as well as new reporting requirements and excise taxes. Hr block free efile On June 22, 2012, the Service issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses the new requirements enacted by the ACA applicable to section 501(c)(3) hospital organizations. Hr block free efile See, Proposed Regulations: Additional Requirements for Charitable Hospitals, REG-13026-11, 77 Fed. Hr block free efile Reg. Hr block free efile 38148. Hr block free efile On April 3, 2013, the Service issued proposed regulations on the ACA's community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements. Hr block free efile The proposed regulations also discuss the related reporting and excise tax requirements for charitable hospitals and the consequences for failure to satisfy the section 501(r) requirements. Hr block free efile See, Proposed Regulations: Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals, REG-106499-12, 78 Fed. Hr block free efile Reg. Hr block free efile 20,523. Hr block free efile Timing of when an Organization is exempt for Federal Tax Purposes. Hr block free efile  As noted in section 2. Hr block free efile 03(4) of Revenue Procedure 2013-9, 2013-2 I. Hr block free efile R. Hr block free efile B. Hr block free efile 267, the provisions in section 11. Hr block free efile 01 regarding the effect of determination letters or rulings recognizing exempt status of organizations described in section 501(c), other than sections 501(c)(3), (9), (17), and (29), have been revised. Hr block free efile Prior to this year, and back to 1962, when such organizations applied for recognition, the IRS would usually recognize the organizations as tax exempt from the date of formation, no matter how long the interval between the date of formation and the date of application. Hr block free efile In addition to the practical difficulties of ascertaining an organization's purposes and activities for this period, such recognition is now potentially inconsistent with the provisions of section 6033(j), which automatically revokes the exempt status of an organization that fails to file required Form 990 series returns or notices for three consecutive years. Hr block free efile The new procedure adopts a practice similar to the rule for section 501(c)(3) organizations for these organizations, generally permitting recognition from the date of formation if the organization has: always met the requirements for exemption, has applied within 27 months from the end of the month in which it was organized, and has not failed to file required Form 990 series returns or notices for three consecutive years. Hr block free efile Section 11. Hr block free efile 01(3) notes: an organization that otherwise meets the requirements for tax-exempt status and the issuance of a determination letter or ruling that does not meet the requirements for recognition from date of formation will generally be recognized from the postmark date of its application. Hr block free efile Exempt Organizations Select Check. Hr block free efile  The IRS has developed an on-line search tool, Exempt Organizations Select Check, that allows users to select an exempt organization and check certain information about its federal tax status and filings. Hr block free efile It consolidates three former search sites into one, providing expanded search capability and a more efficient way to search for organizations that: Are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (Publication 78 data). Hr block free efile Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of contributions, just as they did when Publication 78 was a separate electronic publication rather than part of Select Check. Hr block free efile Have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under the law because they have not filed Form 990 series returns or notices annually as required for three consecutive years (Auto-Revocation List). Hr block free efile Have filed a Form 990-N (e-Postcard) annual electronic notice. Hr block free efile  In addition to searching for a particular organization, users may download a complete list of each of the three types of organizations through Exempt Organizations Select Check. Hr block free efile See also Revenue Procedure 2011-33, 2011-25 I. Hr block free efile R. Hr block free efile B. Hr block free efile 887. Hr block free efile Future developments. Hr block free efile . Hr block free efile  The IRS has created a page on IRS. Hr block free efile gov for information about Publication 557, at www. Hr block free efile irs. Hr block free efile gov/pub557. Hr block free efile Information about any future developments affecting Publication 557 (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be posted on that page. Hr block free efile Reminders The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hr block free efile   The ACA added several new laws. Hr block free efile This includes a new excise tax on indoor tanning services, a small business health care tax credit, additional requirements for tax-exempt hospitals, and the section 501(c)(29) CO-OP program. Hr block free efile For more information, go to IRS. Hr block free efile gov and select Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions. Hr block free efile Electronic filing requirement for large organizations. Hr block free efile  For tax years ending on or after December 31, 2006, only organizations that file 250 returns during the calendar year and that have total assets of $10 million or more are required to file Form 990 electronically. Hr block free efile For more information, go to e-file for Charities and Non-Profits. Hr block free efile Section 501(c)(15) gross receipts. Hr block free efile   The definition of gross receipts for purposes of determining whether small insurance companies qualify as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(15) has changed. Hr block free efile See Notice 2006-42, 2006-19 I. Hr block free efile R. Hr block free efile B. Hr block free efile 878, Notice 2006-42. Hr block free efile Prohibited tax shelter transactions. Hr block free efile  New excise taxes are imposed under section 4965 on certain tax-exempt organizations entering into prohibited tax shelter transactions. Hr block free efile See T. Hr block free efile D. Hr block free efile 9492, Excise Taxes on Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions and Related Disclosure Requirements, 2010-33 I. Hr block free efile R. Hr block free efile B. Hr block free efile 242. Hr block free efile See IRS Issues Final Regulations Regarding Excise Taxes on Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions and Related Disclosure Requirement. Hr block free efile Pension Protection Act of 2006 tax changes. Hr block free efile  The Pension Protection Act of 2006 made numerous changes to the tax law provisions affecting tax-exempt organizations. Hr block free efile Unless otherwise noted, most of the changes became effective on August 17, 2006. Hr block free efile For key provisions, go to The Pension Protection Act of 2006. Hr block free efile Section 501(c)(3) organizations must make their Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Tax Return (and proxy tax under section 6033(e)), open for public inspection for a period of 3 years from the date the Form 990-T is required to be filed (determined with regard to any extension of time for filing) or is actually filed, whichever is later. Hr block free efile There is an increase in excise taxes relating to public charities, social welfare organizations, and private foundations. Hr block free efile There are additional standards for credit counseling organizations. Hr block free efile The definition of convention or association of churches has been modified. Hr block free efile Entities that are not required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ must file new Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or 990-EZ. Hr block free efile The requirements of disclosure to state officials relating to exempt organizations has been modified. Hr block free efile There are excise taxes imposed on excess benefit transactions involving donor advised funds and sponsoring organizations. Hr block free efile There are new excise taxes on prohibited tax shelter transactions. Hr block free efile There is a modification of recordkeeping requirements for certain charitable contributions. Hr block free efile Introduction This publication discusses the rules and procedures for organizations that seek recognition of exemption from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Hr block free efile It explains the procedures you must follow to obtain an appropriate ruling or determination letter recognizing your organization's exemption, as well as certain other information that applies generally to all exempt organizations. Hr block free efile To qualify for exemption under the Code, your organization must be organized for one or more of the purposes specifically designated in the Code. Hr block free efile Organizations that are exempt under section 501(a) include those organizations described in section 501(c). Hr block free efile Section 501(c) organizations are covered in this publication. Hr block free efile Chapter 1, Application, Approval, and Appeal Procedures, provides general information about the procedures for obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status. Hr block free efile Chapter 2, Filing Requirements and Required Disclosures, contains information about annual filing requirements and other matters that may affect your organization's tax-exempt status. Hr block free efile Chapter 3, Section 501(c)(3) Organizations, contains detailed information on various matters affecting section 501(c)(3) organizations, including a section on the determination of private foundation status. Hr block free efile Chapter 4, Other Section 501(c) Organizations, includes separate sections for specific types of organizations described in section 501(c). Hr block free efile Chapter 5, Excise Taxes, provides information on when excise taxes may be imposed. Hr block free efile Organizations not discussed in this publication. Hr block free efile   Certain organizations that may qualify for exemption are not discussed in this publication, although they are included in the Organization Reference Chart. Hr block free efile These organizations (and the Code sections that apply to them) are as follows. Hr block free efile Corporations organized under Acts of Congress 501(c)(1) Teachers' retirement fund associations 501(c)(11) Mutual insurance companies 501(c)(15) Corporations organized to finance crop operations 501(c)(16) Employee funded pension trusts (created before June 25, 1959) 501(c)(18) Withdrawal liability payment fund 501(c)(22) Veterans' organizations (created before 1880) 501(c)(23) National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust 501(c)(28) Religious and apostolic associations 501(d) Cooperative hospital service organizations 501(e) Cooperative service organizations of operating educational organizations 501(f)   Section 501(c)(24) organizations (section 4049 ERISA trusts) are neither discussed in the text nor listed in the Organization Reference Chart. Hr block free efile   Similarly, farmers' cooperative associations that qualify for exemption under section 521, qualified state tuition programs described in section 529, and pension, profit-sharing, and stock bonus plans described in section 401(a) are not discussed in this publication. Hr block free efile If you think your organization falls within one of these categories, contact the IRS for any additional information you need. Hr block free efile For telephone assistance, call 1-877-829-5500. Hr block free efile   Check the Table of Contents at the beginning of this publication to determine whether your organization is described in this publication. Hr block free efile If it is, read the chapter (or section) that applies to your type of organization for the specific information you must give when applying for recognition of exemption. Hr block free efile Organization Reference Chart. Hr block free efile   The Organization Reference Chart enables you to locate at a glance the section of the Code under which your organization might qualify for exemption. Hr block free efile It also shows the required application form and, if your organization meets the exemption requirements, the annual return to be filed (if any), and whether or not a contribution to your organization will be deductible by a donor. Hr block free efile It also describes each type of qualifying organization and the general nature of its activities. Hr block free efile   You may use the Organization Reference Chart to determine the Code section that you think applies to your organization. Hr block free efile Any correspondence with the IRS (in requesting forms or otherwise) will be expedited if you indicate in your correspondence the appropriate Code section. Hr block free efile Check the IRS website, IRS. 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Hr block free efile Publication 537 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments Reminder IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Hr block free efile Tax questions. Hr block free efile Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 537, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Hr block free efile irs. Hr block free efile gov/pub537. Hr block free efile Reminder Photographs of missing children. Hr block free efile  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Hr block free efile Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Hr block free efile You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Hr block free efile Introduction Note. Hr block free efile Section references within this publication are to the Internal Revenue Code and regulation references are to the Income Tax Regulations under the Code. Hr block free efile An installment sale is a sale of property where you receive at least one payment after the tax year of the sale. Hr block free efile If you realize a gain on an installment sale, you may be able to report part of your gain when you receive each payment. Hr block free efile This method of reporting gain is called the installment method. Hr block free efile You cannot use the installment method to report a loss. Hr block free efile You can choose to report all of your gain in the year of sale. Hr block free efile This publication discusses the general rules that apply to using the installment method. Hr block free efile It also discusses more complex rules that apply only when certain conditions exist or certain types of property are sold. Hr block free efile If you sell your home or other nonbusiness property under an installment plan, you may need to read only the General Rules . Hr block free efile If you sell business or rental property or have a like-kind exchange or other complex situation, also see the appropriate discussion under Other Rules . Hr block free efile Comments and suggestions. Hr block free efile   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Hr block free efile   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Hr block free efile NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Hr block free efile Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Hr block free efile   You can send your comments from www. Hr block free efile irs. Hr block free efile gov/formspubs/. Hr block free efile Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Hr block free efile ”   Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. Hr block free efile Ordering forms and publications. Hr block free efile   Visit www. Hr block free efile irs. Hr block free efile gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. Hr block free efile Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hr block free efile Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Hr block free efile   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Hr block free efile gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Hr block free efile We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Hr block free efile Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 523 Selling Your Home 541 Partnerships 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 551 Basis of Assets 4895 Tax Treatment of Property Acquired From a Decedent Dying in 2010 Form (and Instructions) 4797 Sales of Business Property 6252 Installment Sale Income  See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting publications and forms. Hr block free efile Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications