IRS – “One Time Relief Program” – Filing the 990.

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Mid-spring of this year, the IRS published a list of non-profit organizations who were at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to not filing Form 990-N or Form 990-EZ for years 2007, 2008, and 2009.  The list was first published with a deadline of May 17th, 2010, but the IRS has decided to extend the deadline to October 15th, 2010

“We are doing everything we can to help organizations comply with the law and keep their valuable tax exemption,” said Douglas Shulman, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.

This extension is only for small organizations with annual revenues of $25,000 or less.  Each year, these organizations will be required to file a new online form, the 990-N.  For somewhat larger organizations (less than $500,000 total receipts), the Form 990-EZ should be filed along with a “compliance fee.” These forms are available on the IRS website:  When checking the page, you will find links to the forms, but also a list of the at-risk organizations on record, broken down by state, in both PDF and Excel.  Check and see if your organization is on the list and then take the appropriate steps.


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