And yet another Non Profit question

I was looking around, and found a site called "melissadata.com." I ran the small non-profit's name through and found an entry that says our
non-profit status expired in 12/06. (uh oh.)
Why would that be - does the IRS or the state require some re-affirmation process?
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Don't rely on someone else's website for the truth. Call the IRS about your status. Now, on to your question:
Your non-profit status doesn't actually expire, in that you have to re-apply. The letter informing you of your tax exempt status from the IRS carries an expiration date as it were, called an "Advance Ruling Ending Date". The "advance ruling" based on the application you sent in is temporary in nature to a degree. The IRS should have sent you Form 8734, Support Schedule for Advance Ruling Period. You need to complete that and send it back in. All that does is further define you as either a public charity, private foundation, etc, which impacts your ability to get donations, grants, etc, but you'd still be a non-profit.
If you haven't done that yet, or don't know if it's been done, or needs to be done, call the IRS.
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