Tax-Exempt Status

Where to get tax-exempt number or determination letter:

Q: How can governmental entities provide a tax-exempt number or ‘determination’ letter from the IRS to prove status as a ‘tax-exempt’ or a charitable entity?

A: In order for a government to receive a determination of its status as a political subdivision, the IRS will issue a ‘government affirmation letter’ free of charge. You may request this letter by calling the IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entity Cincinnati Call Site at 1-877-829-5500. According to the IRS, most organizations and individuals will accept the government affirmation letter as the substantiation they need.

Vendor or outside organization requesting our tax exempt status determination (governmental entities):

Q: How do we respond to a vendor or outside organization requesting our tax exempt status determination?

A: According to IRS Code Section 170(b) and 170(c), a governmental unit [as described in 170(c)(1)] is classified as a charitable organization. However, no determination letter is needed from the IRS if you are a governmental entity.


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