IRS Exempt Orgs


Source Internal Revenue Service
File Size 510 MB
Dates Covered Current, updated monthly (contact us about previous years of data)
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $100
  • Members $0
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This database is a listing of all organizations granted tax exemption by the IRS. Because different entities are subject to different financial reporting requirements, some Asset and Income fields are complete while others are empty. The data includes the organization’s name, address, contact person, total annual income, total assets, and codes describing their activities generically.Most reporters use this database as a tipsheet to focus on specific companies in their area. Once you’ve got a short list, it’s a good idea to get the paper documents from the IRS concerning those organizations.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (README.TXT) 9.1 KB
Data sample (IRS990.xls) 34.2 KB
Record layout (990layout.txt) 1.5 KB
Schema (IRS990.pdf) 165.5 KB

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