How do I know if my donation is deductible?

The IRS has a tool that lets people access information about charities and other tax-exempt organizations fast and easily. The Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) s available anytime on

Here are some things you will find when they use the TEOS tool:


Images of an organization’s forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T filed with the IRS. New filings are added monthly.

A simplified search process

TEOS is mobile friendly, which provides access to the search tool using smartphones or tablets.

Favorable determination letters

These are issued by the IRS when an organization applied for and met the requirements for tax-exempt status. The IRS continues adding determination letters to the site. Eventually, all determination letters issued since January 2014 will be available.

Other information

This includes whether an organization:
  • Is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
  • Has had its tax-exempt status revoked
  • because it failed to file required forms or notices for three consecutive years.
  • Filed a Form 990-N annual electronic notice with the IRS. This applies to small organizations only.
Publicly available data from electronically-filed 990 forms is still available through Amazon Web Services.