The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new Internet-based version of its popular Exempt Organizations Workshop covering tax compliance issues confronted by small and midsized tax-exempt organizations, including charities and churches.

The audience for the free online workshop, “Stay Exempt -- Tax Basics for 501(c)(3)s,”  is organizations that have no tax experts on staff, or have no or limited contact with outside advisors on tax compliance issues.

The Exempt Organizations division has offered face-to-face workshops for small and midsized organizations since 2001, but because of the cost and time involved in producing the live workshops, the IRS can only offer a few each year in major cities.

The online workshop consists of five interactive modules on tax compliance topics, including:

  • Tax-Exempt Status -- How can you keep your 501(c)(3) exempt?
  • Unrelated Business Income -- Does your organization generate taxable income?
  • Employment Issues -- How should you treat your workers for tax purposes?
  • Form 990 -- Would you like to file an error-free return?
  • Required Disclosures -- To whom do you have to show your records?

Each module contains learning objectives as well as interactive exercises. Users can complete the modules in any order and repeat them as many times as they like.Users can access this new training program at or from a link on the IRS Web site at

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