501(c)(3) Application

Get more out of your nonprofit's donations

Unlock your nonprofit's full potential as a 501(c)(3) to get exempt from federal income taxes—and let others make tax-deductible donations. Learn what it could mean for you, or apply to see if you qualify.

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Packages starts at $595.

Why be a 501(c)(3)?

Reduce your taxes
Keep more of your grants and donations by not having to pay federal income taxes.

Attract donors
Make it possible for people to deduct donations on their taxes.

Access grants
Open yourself up to public and private grants reserved just for nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status.

How to get started

1. Tell us about your business to see if you qualify*

2. Answer some important questions

3. We'll complete and file your paperwork

Two ways to get 501(c)(3) status

Standard Plan


  • Completed 1023-EZ application
  • Get your paperwork emailed to you
    within 4-6 weeks
  • We'll cover the federal filing fee
    (a $275 value)
  • LZ Guarantee

Expedited Plan


  • Completed 1023-EZ application
  • Get your paperwork fast-tracked and
    emailed to you within 3-5 business days
  • We'll cover the federal filing fee
    (a $275 value)
  • LZ Guarantee

Frequently asked questions

Which nonprofits qualify for 501(c)(3) status?
Ones that benefit the general public. Think charitable, educational, literary, religious, and scientific organizations.
Which nonprofits don't qualify for 501(c)(3) status?
Ones that benefit private individuals—instead of the general public. Think lobbying groups.
Do I need to be a corporation to get 501(c)(3) status?
No, but it helps. Getting 501(c)(3) status as a corporation is much easier. It's more complicated when you're an LLC so you might want to talk with an attorney first.
Do you need to renew your 501(c)(3) status?
No, you don't need to renew it as long as you file the required tax forms. If you don't file a Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990) for three straight years, the IRS automatically revokes your 501(c)(3) status. Then, you'd need to reapply.
How long does it usually take before I hear back from the IRS?
Generally, it takes up to two months to process your paperwork. But from time to time, it may take longer due to backlogs.


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*Due to an IRS rule, some applicants who qualify for 501(c)(3) status may have to submit a more detailed online application directly with the IRS. If we find out later that the rule applies to your nonprofit, we'll give you a 100% refund within 7 business days. We'll also explain how you can file with the IRS.