Treasury Regulations 1.506-1T

Organizations required to notify Commissioner of intent to operate under section 501(c)(4)

Summary

Issuance of this temporary regulation triggered the 60 day submission deadline for Form 8976 for any existing organizations that may desire to seek tax exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(4). Associations may still continue to self-declare exempt status after the 60 day period has expired on September 6, 2016, but may be subject to the $ 20 per day penalty, to a maximum of $5,000.

§1.506-1T. Organizations required to notify Commissioner of intent to operate under section 501(c)(4) (temporary).

(a) Notification requirement-(1) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, an organization (whether domestic or foreign) described in section 501(c)(4) must, no later than 60 days after the date the organization is organized, notify the Commissioner that it is operating as an organization described in section 501(c)(4) by submitting a completed Form 8976, "Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4)," or its successor (the notification). The notification must be submitted in accordance with the form and its instructions. The notification must include the information specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this section and be accompanied by payment of the user fee described in paragraph (a)(3) of this section. Additional guidance on the procedure for submitting the notification may be provided in published guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or in other guidance, such as forms or instructions, issued with respect to the notification.

(2) Contents of the notification. The notification must include the following information:

(i) The name, address, and taxpayer identification number of the organization.

(ii) The date on which, and the state or other jurisdiction under the laws of which, the organization was organized (that is, formed as a legal entity). For an organization formed outside the United States, the jurisdiction is the foreign country under the laws of which it is organized.

(iii) A statement of the purpose of the organization.

(iv) Such additional information as may be specified in published guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or in other guidance, such as forms or instructions, issued with respect to the notification.

(3) User fee. The notification must be accompanied by payment of the user fee set forth by published guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or in other guidance, such as forms or instructions, issued with respect to the notification.

(4) Extension for reasonable cause. The Commissioner may, for reasonable cause, extend the 60-day period for submitting the notification.

(b) Special rules for organizations that were organized on or before July 8, 2016-(1) Notification requirement does not apply to organizations that filed with the IRS on or before December 18, 2015. The requirement to submit the notification does not apply to any organization described in section 501(c)(4) that, on or before December 18, 2015, either-

(i) Applied for a written determination of recognition as an organization described in section 501(c)(4) in accordance with §1.501(a)-1 and all applicable guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter), forms, and instructions; or

(ii) Filed at least one annual information return or annual electronic notification required under section 6033(a)(1) or (i).

(2) Transition relief available for organizations that filed with the IRS on or before July 8, 2016. An organization described in section 501(c)(4) is not required to submit the notification if, on or before July 8, 2016, the organization either-

(i) Applied for a written determination of recognition as an organization described in section 501(c)(4) in accordance with §1.501(a)-1 and all applicable guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter), forms, and instructions; or

(ii) Filed at least one annual information return or annual electronic notification required under section 6033(a)(1) or (i).

(3) Extended due date. An organization that was organized on or before July 8, 2016, and is not described in paragraph (b)(1) or (2) of this section, will satisfy the requirement to submit the notification if the notification is submitted on or before September 6, 2016.

(c) Failure to submit the notification. For information on the penalties for failure to submit the notification, the applicable reasonable cause exception, and applicable special rules, see section 6652(c)(4) through (6).

(d) Acknowledgment of receipt. Within 60 days after receipt of the notification, the Commissioner will send the organization an acknowledgment of such receipt. This acknowledgment is not a determination by the Commissioner that the organization qualifies for exemption under section 501(a) as an organization described in section 501(c)(4). See paragraph (e) of this section.

(e) Separate procedure by which an organization may request an IRS determination that it qualifies for section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Submission of the notification does not constitute a request by an organization for a determination by the Commissioner that the organization qualifies for exemption under section 501(a) as an organization described in section 501(c)(4). An organization seeking IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status must separately request such a determination in accordance with §1.501(a)-1 and all applicable guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see §601.601(d)(2) of this chapter), forms, and instructions.

(f) Effective/applicability date. This section applies on and after July 8, 2016.

(g) Expiration date. The applicability of this section expires on or before July 8, 2019.

***** John Dalrymple,

Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement.

Approved: June 24, 2016.

Mark J. Mazur,

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy).