US Nonprofit 990-N Form

If your US-based nonprofit reports less than $25K/year in income, you must file a new form with the IRS every three years. If your group has never filed this form (and has been tax-exempt for at least three years), failing to file this form by Monday could result in your group losing its IRS non-profit status. See http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100515/ap_on_bi_ge/us_charity_deadline
for more.

Here is an excerpt: More than 200,000 small nonprofits across the nation are days away from losing their tax-exempt status because they haven’t filed a new form with the Internal Revenue Service.

[…]

It’s most likely the nonprofits aren’t aware of the Monday deadline that only applies to groups that report $25,000 or less in income, excluding churches. Those organizations may not find out until Jan. 1, 2011, when they’re notified they have to pay taxes on donations they thought were exempt. And it could be months before their nonprofit status is restored.

<Note: if you’ve forgotten to file this form, you should have gotten a notice from the government.>

Congress required the form, called a 990-N, when it amended the tax code three years ago and groups with a fiscal year ending Dec. 31 had until Monday to meet the deadline.

It’s probably a good idea, if your group is in the under $25K boundary, to check and be sure this form has been filed.

The IRS’ page on this form is: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=169250,00.html It can be filed electronically and only eight pieces of information are required:

1. Employer identification number (EIN), also
known as a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)).
2. Tax year
3. Legal name and mailing address
4. Any other names the organization uses
5. Name and address of a principal officer
6. Web site address if the organization has one
7. Confirmation that the organization’s annual gross receipts are
normally $25,000 or less
8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)

There’s a search function that will let you see if groups have filed one of these so-called ‘e-postcards.” Apparently the law requires one to be filed at least every three years and this is the conclusion of the third.

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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