Instructions For Form 4506-A - Request For Public Inspection Or Copy Of Exempt Or Political Organization Irs Form - 2009


Department of the Treasury
Instructions for Form 4506-A
Internal Revenue Service
(Rev. March 2009)
Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS
returns. All required Alchemy software is provided. This format
What’s New
is best for users who wish to examine returns visually.
Formats for requesting forms. Form 4506-A was revised to
Raw. CDs and DVDs contain image files in Tag Image File
include all allowable formats (alchemy and raw) available for
(TIF) format for returns selected for the month or quarter
requesting applicable forms.
requested. This format is best for users who intend to process
the image files through their data software.
Copies of Form 990-T and Form 5227. New lines 7 and 8
allow you to request copies of Form 990-T (for 501(c)(3)
How Much Will It Cost?
organizations filed after August 17, 2006) and Form 5227 (for
tax years beginning after December 31, 2006) on Form 4506-A.
You may inspect a return, report, notice, or exemption
application at an IRS office free of charge.
Form 990-N (e-Postcard). You may request images of Form
990-N (e-Postcard) filings. See below.
If you want a photocopy of a return, report, notice, or an
exemption application, see the chart below.
General Instructions
Note. The IRS will send you a bill for the cost. If your cost is
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code.
over $250, we will ask for payment in advance.
Purpose of Form
THEN the charge for paper
Use Form 4506-A to request under Internal Revenue Code
IF you are. . .
copies is . . .
Section 6104:
A commercial user
$ .20 per page
A copy of an exempt or political organization’s return, report,
notice, or exemption application;
An educational institution, media,
First 100 pages free,
An inspection of a return, report, notice, or exemption
non-commercial scientific
$ .20 per page thereafter
application at an IRS office.
institution, or all other requesters
You do not have to complete Form 4506-A to get copies of
Where To File
certain forms.
Form 8871, Political Organization Notice of Section 527
You may use one of the following methods for filing Form
Status, and Form 8872, Political Organization Report of
Contributions and Expenditures, are available for inspection
Mail Form 4506-A to the IRS,
and printing from the Internet. The website address for both
Fax Form 4506-A to the Ogden Service Center, or
forms is
File it with the IRS office for your area.
Exempt or political organizations must make their returns,
Use the following chart to determine where to file Form 4506-A.
reports, notices, and exempt applications available for public
inspection. You can visit the organization to inspect the material
IF you want . . .
THEN file Form 4506-A
instead of requesting it from the IRS. The organization may be
with the . . .
able to mail the copies to you.
You may request images of Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filings
To inspect a return, report, notice,
Internal Revenue Service
or an exemption application at an
Attention: Disclosure Officer (Call
IRS office*
1-800-829-1040 for IRS office
An organization, or its officers, may request a copy of
locations near you.)
the organization’s own return on Form 4506-A.
To inspect a return, report, notice,
Commissioner of Internal Revenue
However, they will only receive the copy that is “Open
or an exemption application at the
Attention: Freedom of Information
for Public Inspection.” The publicly available copy will not
IRS National Headquarters
Reading Room
include, for example, information that may identify a contributor
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
and documents that were filed with the return, but are not open
Washington, DC 20224
to public inspection. An organization, or its officers, may request
a complete copy of the organization’s own return by completing
A copy of an exemption application Internal Revenue Service
Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and paying the
(includes all supporting
TE/GE Correspondence Unit
applicable fee.
P.O. Box 2508, Room 4024
Cincinnati, OH 45201
Fax no. 513-263-3434
CD and DVD
A copy of a return,
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS can provide copies of exempt organization returns on
report, or notice
RAIVS Unit MS: 6716
CD and/or DVD. Requesters can order the complete set (for
Ogden, UT 84201
example, all Forms 990 and 990-EZ or all Forms 990-PF filed
Fax no. 801-620-7896
for a year) or a partial set by state or by month. If you are
ordering a partial set on CD or DVD, indicate the format
(alchemy or raw), state(s), and month(s) you are ordering.
*The office handling your request will contact you to
Complete information, including the cost, is available on the IRS
schedule an appointment when the item is available for
website at
How Long Will It Take?
Alchemy. CDs and DVDs contain image files associated in an
It may take up to 60 calendar days for us to process your
Alchemy database to simplify visual searching of the tax
Cat. No. 51552X


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