How long does it take the IRS to approve 501c3 Status?
It seems as though the IRS likes the way that 501c3GO structures and presents our applications. In most cases (but not always), you will receive your tax-exempt status in around four months or so (3 to 11 months is the typical range). Here’s a link to the IRS website page that tells what month incoming 501c3 applications are being assigned to IRS agents for processing: http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Where-Is-My-Exemption-Application
Our record is 26 days, but that is unusual: Click here for renowned Harvard-trained plastic surgeon Dr. John Connors’s 70 second narrative giving details on his 29-day record. This is why we say we believe the IRS likes our applications. The key, of course, is to get in line as soon as possible (this is where our guaranteed 5-business day turnaround can benefit you).
The following is quoted word for word from the Internal Revenue Service
This [information] describes our usual determination process.
The Process: Upon receipt, exemption applications accompanied by the required user fee are initially separated into three groups: (1) those that can be processed immediately based on information submitted, (2) those that need minor additional information to be resolved, and (3) those that require additional development.
If your application falls in the first or second group, you will receive either your determination letter or a request for additional information, via phone, fax, or letter, within approximately 60 days of the date the application was submitted. If your application falls within the third group, you will be contacted once your application has been assigned to an EO specialist.
Some types of applications must be assigned to specialized agents due to the issues involved, however, and may take longer. These applications are also assigned in order from the date they are received.