IRS Solicits Comments on Exempt Application Process

At an average of 96 hours (according to IRS estimate), applying for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) is time-consuming and arduous. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (PRA) was established principally to ease the paperwork burden for individuals and entities when dealing with the federal government. While the PRA is not new, it is still effective in identifying processes that may be streamlined. There is now a new pilot program in place to reduce the burden when preparing and filing Form 1023. The Department of Treasury is asking for your help and has provided a website for you to have your say. Visit http://www.pracomment.gov/ and take the opportunity to communicate with them your ideas for making the 1023 process easier.