Monday, May 10, 2010

Preserve Your Organization's Tax-Exempt Status with IRS

Does the IRS recognize your organization to be a non-profit or have tax-exempt status? The IRS has announced a critical deadline for many tax-exempt organizations. If you want to preserve your organization’s tax-exempt status, you will need to file Form 990 by May 17th or risk the revocation of your federal tax-exempt status. Usually the deadline for filing this form is May 15th, if using the calendar year or the 15th day of the fifth month after an organization’s fiscal year ends. Since May 15th falls on a Saturday this year, Monday, May 17th is this year’s deadline.

Small tax-exempt organizations with annual receipts of $25,000 or less can file an electronic notice Form 990-N (e-Postcard). Tax-exempt organizations with annual receipts above $25,000 must file a Form 990 or 990-EZ, depending on annual receipts. Any private foundations file form 990-PF.

Since 2007, The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that all non-profit organizations (other than churches and other church related organizations) must file this form with the IRS. If your organization does not file for three consecutive years it will automatically lose its federal tax-exempt status. Don’t let that happen, because otherwise, you may be taxed on any income received between the revocation date and your renewed exemption. You will have to reapply with the IRS to regain tax-exempt status.

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