How do not-for-profit organizations apply for an exempt (E) number?

To request an exemption (E) number, not-for-profit organizations must send a letter requesting the exemption and include a copy of the following:

  • The articles of incorporation, if incorporated. 
  • The organization's constitution, if unincorporated. 
  • The organization's by-laws. 
  • A brief narrative that explains purposes, functions, and activities of the organization. 
  • The IRS letter, respecting federal tax-exempt status, if the organization has one. 
  • Brochures or other printed material explaining the purposes, functions, and activities of the organization. 
  • The most recent financial statement. If the organization is a religious organization you do not need to submit a financial statement with the initial request. 
  • Any other information that describes the purposes, functions, and activities of the organization.

Send the information to:

Sales Tax Exemption Section 3-520
Illinois Department of Revenue
101 West Jefferson St
Springfield, IL 62702-5145

See Illinois Administrative Code, Title 86, Section 130.2007, for more information.

If you have additional inquiries, you may submit them to the Questions, Comments, or Request form.