The Internal Revenue Service has redesigned its educational Web site for tax-exempt organizations, with a new look and improved navigation.

The redesigned home page for the site, known as StayExempt, greets visitors with three gateways to the information they are seeking.

A “New Organizations” tab leads users to information on how to apply for tax-exempt status, and provides a shortcut to a "Life Cycle of an Exempt Organization" Web page. Organizations that wish to apply for tax-exempt status also will find links to information about Form 1023, “Application for Recognition of Exemption.”

An “Existing Organizations” tab leads visitors to topics such as "Maintaining Your Tax-Exempt Status," "Unrelated Business Income," "Employment Issues," "Form 990" and "Required Disclosures."

For more detail, users can click on the In-Depth Topics tab. Here, they will find presentations on how to navigate various IRS resources, information on political campaigns and charities, deductible contributions, preparing the Form 990 and Form 990-EZ, and various courses on disaster relief efforts.

The IRS plans to add more courses and interactive workshops to throughout the year. The Web site was designed for all tax-exempt organizations, the IRS noted. The agency is encouraging users to submit suggestions and comments through survey and evaluation links at the end of each course to tell the IRS what they would like to see on the site.

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