- Frequently Asked Questions
- ICG GEL Filings
- Participating Chapters and SIGs
- No Longer Participating Chapters and SIGs
- ICG GEL Resources
- How to participate in the ICG's GEL
- Sample GEL Inclusion Statement
- Sample Balance Sheet
- Sample Income/Expense Report
- Sample Form 990-N Receipt
- Checklist for Filing Annual GEL Reports
- Tracking and Reporting Finances with Quickbooks
- Verification of tax-exempt status
- Managing a Non-Profit Profile in GuideStar
- IRS GEL Resources
- Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application
- IRS Form 990-N (ePostcard): "Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations"
- 26 U.S.C. § 501(c): "Tax Exempt Organizations"
- IRS Publication 557: "Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization."
- IRS Publication 4573: "Group Exemptions."
- Exempt Organizations Select Check App
International Costumers Guild
Group Exemption Letter (GEL)
Participating Chapters and SIGs
The International Costumers’ Guild, Inc. (ICG), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization (EIN 52-1656188) under section 170 of the U.S. tax code
The ICG has been issued a Group Exemption Letter (GEL) by the Internal Revenue Service. Under the ICG’s GEL, participating subordinate chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) individually become 501(c)(3) organiations who can accept tax-exempt donations, grants, and other contributions. See IRS publication 4573 for further information.
This is to certify that the following chapters and SIGs currently participate in the ICG’s Group Exemption Letter.
- Chicagoland Costumers’ Guild
1822 E Hopi Lane
Mount Prospect, IL, US, 60056
- Northern Lights Costumers’ Guild
3306 Maple Brook Rd.
Bellingham, MA 02019
- Silicon Web Costumers’ Guild
2801 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705-2305
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- Cosplay Photo Shoot Guild
1200 Night Star Court
Reston, VA 20194
- Miss Lizzy’s Traveling Historical Fashion Show
107 Clayton AVE
Waynesboro, PA 17268
The ICG provides a way for its U.S. chapters and SIGs to be recognized as 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. ICG’s Group Exemption Letter (GEL) is issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and enables chapters and SIGs to share in the ICG’s tax-exempt status and accept donations that are tax-deductible under the law.
Participating chapters and SIGs do not have to file a separate application for exemption with the IRS, They also do not have to pay fees to obtain an exemption letter, or wait the normal four year period. This benefit is available without charge to any U.S. based ICG chapter or SIG that chooses to participate.
Participating chapters and SIGs submit their 990N filings, annual financial reports, and list of officers to the ICG each year. They are posted here to meet IRS and ICG requirements. Previous postings for chapters and SIGs who no longer participate are also available here as a permanent record.
ICG GEL Resources provide samples, guidelines, and a filing checklist for participating chapters and SIGs. IRS GEL Resources provide background information from the IRS that chapters and SIGs can consult.