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What Happens If I Miss The 990-N Filing Deadline?

If your tax-exempt organization has annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less, then you are required by the IRS to electronically submit Form 990-N (e-Postcard). There are a few exceptions to this requirement for who
must file:

  • Organizations that are included in a group return
  • Churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches, and
  • Organizations required to file a different return

What happens if I miss the filing deadline?
If you miss the deadline to e-file your e-Postcard, the IRS will send you a reminder notice. Good news is, if you missed your deadline, there is no penalty assessment for late filing the e-Postcard. Bad news is, if you miss filing for three consecutive years, your tax-exempt organization will automatically lose its tax-exempt status. To regain tax-exempt status you will have to go through re-filing Form 1023 and filing Form 990 for the years missed, which does not sound like a fun activity.

When are the filing deadlines?
The filing deadline for calendar year filers has just past on May 15th. The next deadline is June 16th for tax-exempt organizations with a tax period beginning 2/1/2013 and ending 1/31/14. Here is a complete filing schedule for the upcoming filing deadlines from the IRS:

Tax Period                               Filing Deadline
  2/1/13 - 1/31/14                                   6/16/14
  3/1/13 - 2/28/14                                   7/15/14          
  4/1/13 - 3/31/14                                   8/15/14
  5/1/13 - 4/30/14                                   9/15/14
  6/1/13 - 5/31/14                                 10/15/14
  7/1/13 - 6/30/14                                 11/17/14
  8/1/13 - 7/31/14                                 12/15/14
  9/1/13 - 8/31/14                                   1/15/15
10/1/13 - 9/30/14                                   2/17/15
11/1/13 - 10/31/14                                 3/16/15
12/1/13 - 11/30/14                                 4/15/15

This filing schedule is for Tax Year 2013 and includes filing for Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-BL, 990-N, 990-PF, 990-T Trusts (other than sec. 401(a) or 408(a) trusts), 4720 & 990-T (corp.), and 6069.

What if I missed filing for a previous tax year?
If you missed filing for a previous tax year, don't worry you can still transmit your Form 990-N to the IRS. Express990.com provides e-filing of the e-Postcard for previous tax years 2012 & 2011. If you have any questions about filing filing for a previous year, or what to do if you missed the deadline, contact the Express990 Support Team via phone: 704.839.2321 or email: support@expresstaxexempt.com

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E-File Your Tax Exempt 990-N or Nonprofit Tax Extension Before The Deadline Ends

The IRS tax filing deadline for *calendar year tax-exempt organizations is now upon us. Are you in an epic battle to e-file your Tax Exempt IRS 990-N or file a tax extension before time runs out? E-file your 990-N or Extension Form 8868 in minutes and defeat the Villainous Tax Deadline with Express990.com.

*This deadline is for organizations with reporting period January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013. You can find out your deadline, according to your reporting period, with this schedule provided by the IRS.

Form 990-N:
If you are a smaller organization, meaning $50,000 of gross receipts, you can e-file Form 990-N (e-Postcard). Express990 offers this small and simple form for free if you're filing for the tax year 2013. And if you have missed filing for previous years, we got you covered - providing the 990-N for tax years 2012 & 2011. Unlike the larger more complicated Form 990, the 990-N is a maximum of 8 steps, including information about the organization, the principal officer, and a confirmation of gross receipts under $50,000. No need to get tripped up with pages of questions and calculations when you don't have to.

Form 8868 - Application for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return:
If your battle is on a larger scale, meaning trying to complete the entire Form 990 before the Tax Deadline ends, you can e-file an extension. That's right, you can take a break and regain your strength by e-filing Form 8868 - Exempt Organizations Tax Extension with Express990.com.

Tax-exempt organizations face penalties for failure to file, failure to pay, and even, (gasp!) revocation of their exempt status. By filing Form 8868, you will automatically receive an extra 3 months to file, certainly some well-needed breathing room. Be forewarned, this extension is for time to file, not time to pay.

If you need a helping hand, you are not alone and Express990.com has your back. Contact our US-based Express990 Support Team for assistance via phone: 704.839.2321 or email: support@expresstaxexempt.com.

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Relax, It's only the 990-N Deadline

This deadline comes but once a year
When the sun is bright and shines so clear
File your 990-N on the 15th of May
You have 'til midnight on this day
but have no fear, your hero, Express990.com is here

The clock is counting down and time to e-file your 990-N is quickly ticking away. No need to panic, we have 3 steps to calm your nerves and take the stress of Deadline Day off your shoulders:

Step 1 - Re-read the limerick above. Studies show reading a poem or listening to a song with a rhyme scheme reduces stress. And some reassurance that Express990 is on your side will dramatically make you feel better about life. 

Step 2 - Breathe in deeply & slowly exhale. A majority of your stress has just now exited your body - isn't it nice. OK, now that you are more focused, let's gather what you will need to e-file your Form 990-N (e-Postcard)
  • You will need your business information including: EIN/TIN, legal name and address, different names the organization uses, website (if any), name and address of a Principal Officer, confirmation of gross receipts of $50,000 or less. You will need to provide a statement that the organization is going out of business, if applicable.
Step 3 - Create an account with Express990.com and select Form 990-N. Simply follow the instructions and transmit your return to the IRS. Then, feel the stress of the deadline just lift off your shoulders.
Well you can Keep Calm and E-file On - my friend, Express990.com provides e-filing of 990-N for previous tax years too! You will need the business information you have put together from Step 2, and we will walk you right through it. 

You should feel accomplished - by e-filing your 990-N before the Deadline, you have successfully avoided losing your tax-exempt status and you do not have to deal with Form 990-N again until next year (Virtual High-Five). Just make sure to track your finances properly and keep them neatly organized for next year. 

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What Happens After I File My 990-N With Express990 ?

We all know that filing with Express990.com is the fastest, easiest, and most secure way to file your 990-N, however, the process after hitting “Transmit” can be a bit veiled.

Here’s the inside scoop:
Once you fill out your credit card information and click “Transmit,” we entrust our army of micro-bots to jet through cyberspace at warp speed and safely reach the IRS Processing Server  ..... just kidding, but wouldn't the world be more interesting if that's really how it all worked?

All joking aside, here’s what actually happens to your return: 
An electronic message is sent to the IRS, where they search their database for your tax-exempt organization. If all of the information matches up, they update your file with the current year’s form, and send a message back to Express990.com confirming that your e-Postcard has been accepted. 

Once we receive this message, we send a confirmation email to the address you used to register an account on our site. This confirmation email will contain a congratulations message from us and a PDF of your 990-N. Should the IRS reject your filing for any reason, they will notify us and we will in turn notify you via email or phone call. The email should contain the reason for rejection and you may access the same information on your Express990 Dashboard, the homepage of our site once you log in.

Feel free to contact the Express990 Support Team, located in Rock Hill, SC, with any questions:
Phone: 704.839.2321   Email: support@expresstaxexempt.com

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Reasons for Form 990 E-File Rejection

Have you filed your Form 990, only to find out after all that hard work it has been rejected by the IRS? Now, the next step is to find out why it was rejected so you can re-file and avoid losing your tax-exempt status (easier said then done). Here are the most common reasons the IRS may reject a Tax-Exempt Organization's Form 990:

1. The organization must obtain exempt status from the IRS.
  • Before an organization may file a Form 990, it must file for tax-exempt status from the IRS by using Forms 1023 or 1024.
2. If the filer belongs to a 501(c)(3), there are chances that they have already applied Form 1023 (Application for recognition of exemption under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code). 
  • If you have already applied for exempt filing status but have not received a confirmation, there will be an option to select. If you do not check this box, the IRS will reject your return.
3. The filer should not file a return by changing the organization's tax year, The Tax Period must match the IRS database unless the organization was terminated in the reporting tax year. 
  • This is the most common error we see. It is vital that you know what the IRS has on record for your organization’s tax period. Many filers believe they operate on a calendar-year basis but actually do not. In order to determine your operating period, you can simply call the IRS and inquire about your organization. You will need your organization’s EIN and possibly other information like its address, phone number, and principal officer(s).
4. The IRS can cancel user's exempt organization status due to various reasons. User must find the reason with IRS before filing the return.
  • This generally happens when an organization hasn't filed for three consecutive years. Should this be the case, the IRS will automatically revoke your tax-exempt status. You will need to re-file a Form 1023 or 1024 in order to regain your status with the IRS.
The reasons listed above are just a few of the most common reasons for an organizations Form 990 to be rejected. When you e-file your Form 990 through Express990.com, we will notify you right away if your form was rejected with the reason so you can quickly correct any needed information. After the corrections are made, you can re-transmit your return at no extra cost. You can always contact the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations Hotline for more information.

For more information on tax-exempt status, check out our blogs:

How To Reinstate Tax-Exempt Status

What Can Cause Your Tax-Exempt Status To Be Revoked?

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Form 8868: Automatic Extension of Time To File

Form 8868, which is the form used to file for an extension of time to submit Form 990 for tax-exempt organizations, grants an automatic 3 month addition to the filing deadline. Form 8868 deadlines are the same as Form 990 deadlines, which are the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of an organization’s accounting period. Any tax-exempt organization may file for an extension, no explanation is necessary.

A second extension (Part II) of time may be granted, however, it is not automatic and may require explanation. You can only e-file a second (non-automatic) extension if you have e-filed Part I (automatic extension of time) of Form 8868. The extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay any taxes due and failure to remit these taxes may result in penalties and fees.

Since the 1st extension is automatic (and there is no penalty for filing on time even if you have submitted a Form 8868) the IRS recommends filing for an extension if the organization believes it will have difficulty filing by the deadline for any reason. The information required to file Form 8868 doesn't really vary from the 990 itself. The filer will list important organization and principal officer details, but they won’t need to give specific financial information. Please note: An automatic & non-automatic extension of time to file cannot be transmitted to the IRS at the same time.

So how do you start? 
Simply navigate to ExpressExtension.com and create your free account. Once you've done that, you will begin with your first extension form. Select “Form 8868” and start filling in the details. The process is easy and you could receive your accepted return in as little as 15 minutes from the IRS. Our customer support specialists are available from 8 AM to 6 PM EST Monday through Friday via phone, email, and chat support. We’ll even be up until midnight PST on the filing deadline! You can contact ExpressExtension at 803.514.5155 or email them at support@expressextension.com.

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All About the EO Select Check

The EO, or “Exempt Organization,” Select Check is a search engine exclusive to the IRS. It contains a consolidated search of three different IRS databases: organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked, and those organizations which have filed Form 990-N with the IRS.
The IRS explains,
By consolidating the search sites into one, the EO Select Check provides an expanded search capability and a more efficient way to search for organizations that:
  • Are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (Publication 78 data). Users may rely on this list in determining deductibility of their contributions (just as they did when Publication 78 was a separate electronic publication rather than part of Select Check).
  • Have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under the law because they have not filed Form 990 series returns or notices annually as required for three consecutive years. 
  • Have filed From 990-N (e-postcard) annual electronic notice. (Most small exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, unless they choose instead to file a completed Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.)
This tool is especially useful for checking to see if your organization has had its tax-exempt status revoked, which is the #1 reason why we see forms rejected. Before you even begin filing with our service, we recommend checking the database if you have any concern that your organization may have lost its exempt status. You may also search to confirm that your 990-N has been filed and accepted. We send an email confirmation to our users once their e-Postcards have been accepted by the IRS, but should you need to double check, you may do so from this search engine.

Not only is this tool extensive in the amount of organizations it contains, it is also easy to operate. Simply type in the name of an organization, the EIN of the organization, or simply search by state. You can even download the entire database, should you really want to. With the EO Select Check, finding and keeping track of your organization is easier than ever.

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Understanding Your CP259E Notice

There are a ton of reasons why a tax-exempt organization might not have filed their Form 990. Maybe you’re an entrepreneur and you’re just starting a movement to better your community. You’re not worried about taxes, you’re worried about helping people. Maybe you've just been employed as a manager for a non-profit and getting settled into the groove of things. There are donors to talk to, accounts to balance, fundraising events to plan, and not to mention just getting acclimated to the job. On top of all these things, you get this letter in the mail telling you that you haven’t filed your 990-N yet and it’s past due.

What is this piece of paper? What does it mean? 

The letter is called a CP259E Notice and it’s the IRS’s way of warning you that your organization is about to lose its tax-exempt status. Should you decide not to file for 3 consecutive years, the IRS will automatically revoke your tax-exempt status; no letter, no phone call, no parlay.

This notice is the only warning your organization will receive that it isn't compliant with the IRS tax code. It’s a little slip of paper with big consequences. Don’t get caught up in the hurry and worry of doing your organization’s taxes. Don’t risk losing your tax-exempt status. File with Express990.com today and get back to doing what you love.

And what if it’s too late?
What if you go to file and your form is rejected because you've lost your tax-exempt status? How do you get it back? Never fear, the process is a lot easier than you’d expect. If you need to be reinstated as tax-exempt, you must file an application for exemption and pay the appropriate user fee, even if it was not required to apply for exempt status originally. The list of user fees can be found on the IRS website. The application for tax-exempt status can be done on the same types of forms that your organization used originally, Forms 1023 and 1024. Once you've filed the applicable form and paid the necessary fee, you may begin to file as a tax-exempt status organization again. Make sure you check with the IRS so that you’re aware of any changes to the filing requirements!

Don’t get caught off-guard again and don’t lose sleep over tax-exempt revocation. Express990 is here to help you have the easiest and fastest filing process possible.

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How To: File 990-N for Tax Year 2012 & 2011

Have you missed filing your 990-N for a previous tax year?
If you don't file the form for any single year, the IRS will merely send your nonprofit a reminder notice. But if you fail to file your Form 990-N year after year, things will get tougher. If your nonprofit is required to file Form 990-N but fails to do so for three consecutive tax years, it will automatically lose its tax-exempt status  on the filing due date of the third year. The IRS will not send additional notices once your tax-exempt status is automatically revoked.

If your nonprofit loses its tax-exempt status, you'll have to apply for a federal tax exemption all over again. That means filing IRS Form 1023 again and paying the hefty filing fee that comes with it (not to mention the headache of all that unnecessary paperwork).

If you haven't e-filed the 990-N for tax years 2012 and/or 2011, don't worry, you can transmit your nonprofit organization's previous years tax return to the IRS using Express990.com. Saving your organization hours of work is as simple as creating an account on our site, choose your tax year, and start e-filing the 990-N. You will need to provide the required information to e-file 990-N:
          - EIN or TIN
          - Tax Year you are e-filing for
          - Legal Name and Address
          - Different names the organization uses ( if any)
          - Website ( if you have one)
          - Name and Address of a Principal Officer
          - Confirmation of gross receipts of $50,000 or less
          - A statement that the organization is going out of business ( if applicable)
Should you need any assistance, our US-based Express990 Support Team would be happy to help you out. You can contact us via phone: 704.839.2321 or 24/7 email support: support@expresstaxexempt.com

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