Instructions For Form 4506-A - Request For Public Inspection Or Copy Of Exempt Or Political Organization Irs Form - 2011


Instructions for Form 4506-A
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
(Rev. December 2011)
Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt or Political Organization IRS
Search Copies of Scanned EO Returns Available at
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless
otherwise noted.
What’s New
Alchemy. CDs and DVDs contain image files associated in an
You can order sample CDs and/or DVDs of exempt
Alchemy database to simplify visual searching of the tax
organization returns.
returns. All required Alchemy software is provided. This format
The IRS has created a page on for information about
is best for users who wish to examine returns visually.
Form 4506-A and its instructions, at gov/form4506.
Individual state CDs and DVDs are only available in Alchemy
Information about any recent developments affecting Form
4506-A (such as legislation enacted after we release it) will be
posted on that page.
Raw. CDs and DVDs contain image files in Tag Image File
(TIF) format for returns selected for the month or quarter
General Instructions
requested. This format is best for users who intend to process
the image files through their data software.
Purpose of Form
How Much Will It Cost?
Use Form 4506-A to request under section 6104:
You may inspect a return, report, notice, or exemption
A copy of an exempt or political organization’s return, report,
application at an IRS office free of charge.
notice, or exemption application, or
An inspection of a return, report, notice, or exemption
If you want a photocopy of a return, report, notice, or an
application at an IRS office.
exemption application, see the chart below.
You do not have to complete Form 4506-A to get copies of
Note. The IRS will send you a bill for the photocopy cost. If
the following forms.
your cost is over $250, we will ask for payment in advance.
Form 8871, Political Organization Notice of Section 527
Status, and Form 8872, Political Organization Report of
THEN the charge for paper
Contributions and Expenditures, are available for inspection
IF you are. . .
copies is . . .
and printing from the Internet. The website address for both
A commercial user
$ .20 per page
forms is gov/polorgs.
An educational institution, media,
First 100 pages free,
Exempt or political organizations must make their returns,
non-commercial scientific
$ .20 per page thereafter
reports, notices, and exempt applications available for public
institution, or all other requesters
inspection. You can visit the organization to inspect the material
instead of requesting it from the IRS. The organization may be
able to mail the copies to you.
CD and/or DVD requests and sample CD and/or DVD
You may request images of Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filings
requests must be prepaid. Please include your payment with
at gov/app/ePostcard.
your request. Search Copies of Scanned EO Returns Available
for the cost of CDs and/or DVDs and sample
An organization, or its officers, may request a copy of
CDs and/or DVDs. A check or money order for the fee should
the organization’s own return on Form 4506-A.
be payable to “United States Treasury.”
However, they will only receive the copy that is “Open
for Public Inspection.” The publicly available copy will not
Where To File
include, for example, information that may identify a contributor
and documents that were filed with the return, but are not open
Use the following chart to determine where to fax or mail
to public inspection. An organization, or its officers, may request
(depending on the service needed) Form 4506-A.
a complete copy of the organization’s own return by completing
Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, and paying the
IF you want . . .
THEN file Form 4506-A
applicable fee.
with the . . .
CD and DVD
To inspect a return, report, notice,
Internal Revenue Service
or exemption application at an IRS Disclosure Scanning Operation -
The IRS can provide copies of exempt organization returns on
Stop 93A
CD and/or DVD. Requesters can order the complete set (for
P.O. Box 621506,
example, all Forms 990 and 990-EZ or all Forms 990-PF filed
Atlanta, GA 30362-3006
for a year) or a partial set by state or by month. If you are
To inspect a return, report, notice,
Internal Revenue Service
ordering a partial set on CD or DVD, indicate the format
or exemption application at IRS
Attn.: Freedom of Information
(Alchemy or raw), state(s), and month(s) you are ordering.
National Headquarters
Reading Room
Sample CD or DVD requests are not available for individual
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
states. CDs and/or DVDs and sample CDs and/or DVDs are not
Washington, DC 20224
available for individual exempt organizations. Complete
information, including the cost, is available on the IRS website.
Feb 15, 2012
Cat. No. 51552X


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