"..when a rescue group incorporates and achieves recognition as a non-profit charitable organization, then tax-deductible contributions can be accepted, thereby easing some of the burden of rescue work...|
"STEP ONE: INCORPORATION...
"STEP TWO: APPLICATION TO THE IRS... After you have achieved state incorporation, apply for an Employee Identification Number from the IRS. This is the equivalent of an organization's Social Security number. It will be your group's identification number to be used on all subsequent paperwork. Use Form SS-4 for this.
"Application to the IRS for recognition as a nonprofit charitable organization can be complicated. Several forms are required. The IRS website (www.irs.gov) can be a great help...
"IRS Form 1023 is the application for recognition as a chariatble organization under Section 501c3. It is not unusual to have to submit an application more than once..." (Palika, Liz. "Rescue, Incorporation, and (gasp) the IRS!" AKC Gazette, Jan. 2004: 16-17).
Colby Glass, MLIS