The IRS introduced an online tool that provides faster, easier access to public information about charities and exempt organizations.
Tax Exempt Organization Search replaces EO Select Check, which has been available since 2012 and focused primarily on providing an organization’s tax-exempt status.
“Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations,” Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said.
TEOS offers images of newly filed 990 forms available for the first time. Its search process has been simplified and allows users to look across multiple data files for information in one search
TEOS is mobile-friendly and provides access to the search tool using smartphones or tablets. Users can view images of:
- Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T (501(c)(3) organizations only) filed with the IRS. Initially, only 990 series forms filed in January and February 2018 will be available. New filings will be added monthly
- Favorable determination letters issued by the IRS when an organization applied for and met the requirements for tax-exempt status. Initially, a limited number of determination letters will be available. Eventually, determination letters issued since January 2014 will also appear on the system
TEOS users will be to find all information available via EO Select Check. This information includes whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, has had its tax-exempt status revoked because it failed to file required forms or notices for three consecutive years and, for a small organization, whether it filed a Form 990-N (e-Postcard) annual electronic notice.
Publicly available data from electronically-filed 990 forms will continue to be available in a machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services.