We’re a newly organized homeschool support group. Is there anything we need to do with the IRS to establish ourselves as a 501c7 social club, or do we just need to get our EIN and start filing the 990N?
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After you get your EIN (Employer Identification Number), you won’t be able to file the 990Ns just yet.
Since you have not applied on paper for 501(c)(7) status (you can “self declare” 501c7 status and don’t have to file the paperwork), you are not in the IRS database (yet), so you need to call the IRS Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500 and be added to their database so you can begin filing the Form 990Ns.
It typically takes 6 weeks after you call to be added to the IRS database.
Say something like this, “We’re a brand new 501c7 Social Club and my CPA said I needed to get added to the IRS exempt organization database, so we could start filing the 990Ns.”
They will ask for your EIN and name, address and probably a contact name.
They may also ask what date your fiscal year ends. Many support groups operate on a calendar year, but some operate on a school year with a year end of June 30 or July 31. Look at the form you filed when you applied for your EIN to see what you chose as your fiscal year end.
They may ask if you have “organizing documents. They mean bylaws or Articles of Association. So tell them if you have bylaws or Articles of Association. Samples can be found here.
Finally, if they tell you you must file a Form 1024 to obtain 501c7 tax exempt status, tell them (with confidence) your CPA informed you that you can “self declare” tax exempt status as a social club and do not have to file the Form 1024.
Call the IRS early in the morning. They open at 8 am ET and you can usually get through pretty quickly of you call then, Record the date you call, the IRS employee name and their identification number.
Be sure you go online to file the Form 990N anytime after your fiscal year ends and before its due date which is 4 1/2 months after the end of your fiscal year. So if you operate on a calendar year, the 990N is due May 15.