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Legal Counsel for Nonprofits, Foundations & Social Enterprises

New Online Tool to Check Tax-Exempt Status

In May 2018 the IRS replaced the “EO Select Check” online tool with a more comprehensive online tool called “Tax Exempt Organization Search” (TEOS). 

EO Select Check was a limited, albeit useful, tool that provided the following information to the public: whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions; whether an organization has had its tax-exempt status revoked for failure to file required forms or notices for three consecutive years; whether an organization filed a Form 990-N (e-Postcard) annual electronic notice with the IRS.  EO Select Check was particularly helpful for running a quick check to see if an organization was listed as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation.   

The new tool, TEOS, provides the same information previously available on EO Select Check, in addition to offering users the ability to:

  • View images of Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF, and 990-T filed by 501(c)(3) organizations. Currently, only 990 series forms filed in 2018 are available, and new filings are being added monthly. 
  • Conduct mobile-friendly searches on smartphones and tablets.
  • View favorable tax-exempt status determination letters issued by the IRS since January 2014.

The IRS allows users to rely on information provided on TEOS in determining the deductibility of their contributions.