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Nonprofit Showcase (Children’s Attention Home)

It’s 1969, a desperate time in history when abused, neglected, and homeless children had no options other than foster care. These homes were limited, and soon these victimized children were placed in jail cells because of no appropriate emergency shelters. Even still, there wasn’t enough to provide for the impoverished children.

- Rock Hill, South Carolina. 1970 -
In a calm neighborhood near Winthrop University, a house was rented, renovated, and opened its doors to devoid children as a haven of support and shelter. Because of the diligent efforts of the Rock Hill Ministerial Association and countless volunteers, donations of clothes, toys, and essentials were greatly generated for the children in need. The Children’s Attention Home became a beacon of “a strong commitment to community service and a genuine spirit of unity and mutual interest in the welfare of the children.”

Today, the Children’s Attention Home has kept its doors open to over 7,500 children. The objective of this nonprofit organization is to temporarily provide a care shelter, which children - up to age 21 - can experience a family life of love and security until either their previous home is corrected, or a better, permanent home is found.

The Children’s Attention Home has accomplished its objective for the last 45 years along with its mission to give children a stable home setting, opportunities for success, and tools to form their own futures and better the world for others as well as themselves.

Three cottages, licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, make up the main campus of the Children’s Attention Home, which can house up to 42 children at a time. Children stay at the Home for an average of three to six months, though there have been circumstances when children are advised to stay longer. While living at the Home, children are taught basic living skills, job skills, and take part in other physical, educational, and recreational activities.

With the support from local donors and volunteers, the Children’s Attention Home continues to serve victimized children from all counties of South Carolina. And with that, we are proud to present Children’s Attention Home as our nonprofit showcase for the month - Thank You.

More information about Children’s Attention Home can be found through the organization’s website including how you can become involved, and emergency crisis contacts.

There’s no doubt how bountiful the generosity and assistance of nonprofits and charities are. The last thing needed is to have your work limited by paperwork or tax filings. E-filing with ExpressTaxExempt is made quick and easy so you can fulfill your obligations to the IRS and get back to what matters most within your exempt organization. Our services offer support for the 990 filing series, extension Form 8868, and soon Form 1023, which you can file for exemption status.

Just how nonprofits and charities help local communities, our live support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina can help you with your e-file experience. If you have any questions, or need further assistance e-filing your return, give us a call at (704) 839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can also reach us at any time of day with our 24/7 email support at support@expresstaxexempt.com.

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Happy Holidays from ExpressTaxExempt

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

And it’s definitely been a memorable year for us here at ExpressTaxExempt - all because of you. Now is the time for celebration, a time for family and friends, and a time of reflection; we made it through another amazing year. Christmas Day is this Friday along with New Year’s Day coming within the following week, and while each of you are celebrating in your own unique ways, don’t forget that December 31 is the official end of the 2015 tax year, if your organization operates on a calendar tax year.

Until then, you can still make substantial moves that can be applied to your current tax year. Are you still receiving gifts and contributions for the month? Check out our “Gifts and Contributions” blog about how you can easily list all your received donations with ExpressTaxExempt. Get a head start for the upcoming tax season by uploading your entire list at once with our “Bulk Upload” feature.

Plan on running your holiday campaign up to the final hour of the year? We have some fascinating tips that can help your holiday fundraiser gain some considerable exposure. With our “Promote Holiday Giving” blog, you can find out how to maximize your donations during this gracious time of year. And don’t forget about the IRS e-file blackout that’s on December 26; if you have any tax returns that need to be e-filed this month, make sure they’re completed soon. You can learn more from our recent “IRS MeF Maintenance (Blackout)” blog.

As the current tax year comes to a close, another is right over the horizon along with another exciting tax season. ExpressTaxExempt supports these tax-exempt return forms:
  • Form 990-N (e-Postcard) - Exempt organizations with gross receipts less than $50,000.
  • Form 990-EZ - Exempt organizations with gross receipts greater than $50,000, but less than $200,000 and total assets less than $500,000.
  • Form 990 (Long) - Exempt organizations with gross receipts greater than $200,000 and total assets greater than $500,000.
  • Extension Form 8868 - Part I (Automatic 3-Month Extension) Part II (Additional, Non-Automatic 3-Month Extension.

Coming soon is our support for Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, for organizations that are seeking tax-exemption status. With our new service, you can fully complete your Form 1023, download, print, and mail to the IRS.

During this joyous season, we will also properly observe the holidays, and be with friends and family as well. Our office will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day with only limited email support through support@expresstaxexempt.com. Other than those days, you can expect our office to remain operational during our normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

If you have questions, or need assistance with the e-filing process, give our bells a ring at (704) 839-2321. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

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IRS MeF Maintenance (Blackout)

In a world bursting with conveniences, even the most automated processes need to be unplugged and regularly checked. And with the upcoming IRS Modernized e-File (MeF) maintenance schedule, this is the same situation. Affectionately known as the “IRS Blackout,” this is a routine shutdown of the IRS e-filing system for maintenance, and it’s done every year.

This year, the IRS Business MeF Production Shutdown is scheduled for December 26 at 11:59 a.m. Currently, there is no date listed when their system will be operational again, but it usually goes back online in early or mid January.

What It Means
During this time you won’t be able to e-file any of the tax returns, or extensions, for exempt organizations. If you have any tax returns that need to be filed this month, you should have it done before the 26th. Fortunately, you can still paper file, if you choose to, and avoid any potential late fees.

Why A Shutdown
As mentioned earlier, the MeF system goes offline every year around this time for routine maintenance. Not only that - the shutdown is also to prepare the system for next year’s tax filings.
Example: This year you’ve been e-filing for the 2014 tax year. After maintenance is complete, you can e-file for the 2015 tax year.

What About ExpressTaxExempt
You can still log into your account with us, and you can continue to fill out your tax return as normal. Once you get to the end of the e-filing process, you can click “Authorize & Transmit to the IRS.” However, your completed form will be held until the MeF system is up and running again. When the system is operational again, your completed form will automatically be sent to the IRS with the electronic postmark date being the same as the day you first transmit it.

For more information or updates about the MeF shutdown, you can check out the Modernized e-File Status Page on the IRS website.

While the IRS e-filing system is momentarily out of commission, your friendly, courteous ExpressTaxExempt support team is still on the job! Our live professionals from Rock Hill, South Carolina can assist you in any way necessary to ensure you have a pleasant e-filing experience.

If you have any questions or need further help, we can be reached at (704) 839-2321 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can also get in contact with us at anytime with our 24/7 email at support@expresstaxexempt.com.

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Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status

Remember the holiday song “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town?” There’s a line there that goes, “He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice…” With exempt organizations, your list may not necessarily be about being naughty or nice - especially nonprofits or charities. You all are always on the nice list, right? But your organization should have some sort of checklist about sustaining your tax-exempt status that is verified on a regular basis.

We understand that running a successful nonprofit is hard work - and that’s just to make sure you’re achieving your mission goals and community objectives. The last thing you need is legal issues because you fell out of compliance with what the IRS, or your state, has in place. Here are some tips that can help maintain your exemption status:
  • Prepare written receipts for contributions from individuals, and then register and file your annual reports that are required by your state. To make a tax deduction, a donor must have a written acknowledgement from your organization of any gift worth at least $250. You should also keep a record of the fair market value of goods and services provided by your organization. You can check your state’s official website for more information about state-specific requirements.
  • Evaluate the compensation of top-tier members and contracts annually. If payment is excessively beyond industry guidelines, it could be viewed as a conflict towards your organization’s mission and ultimately lead to losing your exemption status. Any business arrangements should be formally approved, reasonable, and not in excess.
  • Become familiar with the restrictions on lobbying activities. A substantial amount of lobbying can also cost you your tax-exempt status. Both the federal and state have restrictions and requirements for lobbying, which can include keeping a detailed record of such activities and expenses. For more information about lobby activities, check out one of our favorite blogs: Lobby Party.
  • Pay taxes on unrelated business income, if necessary. Unrelated business income is from a regularly done service or activity that doesn’t necessarily work within your organization’s mission goal. Like lobbying, unrelated business income should be limited; if the unrelated business becomes the primary focus of your organization, you could lose your status. Take a look at our blog, Unrelated Business Income, for more information.
  • Last, but certainly not least, file your required tax return to the IRS every year. Depending on your tax year, your filing deadline will always be on the 15th day of the 5th month after your tax end date. And depending on your gross receipts, you’ll either have to file the 990-N (e-Postcard), 990-EZ, or the 990 (Long).

Penalties for filing your tax return late can cost your nonprofit or charity thousands of dollars, and if you fail to file for three consecutive years, your organization loses its exemption status - no questions asked.

With ExpressTaxExempt, we support the exempt tax forms you need including the 990 series and Extension Form 8868. Our service offers impeccable features such as site encryption, McAfee secure certification, cloud computing, error checking, and interview-style questioning so you’re not just filling in a blank form on a screen.

And all of it is backed up by our live, tech-savvy support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina who is ready to assist you with the e-filing process. If you have questions about e-filing any of our available forms, dial us up at (704) 839-2321 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, or drop us a line anytime through our 24/7 email support at support@expresstaxexempt.com.

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Promote Holiday Giving

The holiday season is upon us, and with it, the upsurge of generosity to give. For nonprofits and charities, this is quite possibly the best time of year as studies have shown that donations are substantially increased during the holiday season. But no matter how much more people are giving, your organization can’t take full advantage unless it attracts attention from donors.

Your nonprofit or charity may have a holiday fundraising campaign in place, and that’s a step in right direction. However, you also need to properly promote your holiday campaign in order to get it seen by your audience. Here are some helpful and easy tips you can use right now to further promote your holiday campaign.

Call-To-Action Display
Like the majority of nonprofit and charity organizations, you should have a website that details everything about your organization including its mission, major board members, events, etc. And with this website, you have a homepage that displays current events or services within your organization.

You’ll want to create a large call-to-action banner or display on your homepage that links to your main campaign website. The display should be the center of attention as soon as people enter your site. Make sure your banner is near the top of your homepage, and that it isn’t hidden underneath other banners or links.

Email Campaign
A great way to promote your holiday campaign is to set up a strict email schedule that regularly reminds people to donate towards your cause. You can start off with an email that explains your fundraising campaign and goals, followed by another email stating any incentives to encourage giving.
Further emails can include updates on fundraising status, ideas for gifts, or a countdown of the days left within your campaign. You can schedule these emails to go out once or twice a week; the objective is to constantly remind people to give to your organization. If you can, try to personalize each email with the recipient's name for a more casual approach.

If your organization regularly sends out a newsletter, be sure to use it as a platform to promote your holiday campaign. The newsletter doesn’t have to be exclusively about participating in the fundraiser, but much like the call-to-action display, it should bring attention to your campaign and how people can participate.

Social Media
Everyone is on social media nowadays, and it’s a great platform to reach multiple audiences at once. To promote using social media, you can create a holiday campaign hashtag to include in your posts. You may also want to include common hashtags associated with your organization, mission, or audience so when users search these hashtags they can find posts from your profile.

You can change your profile and cover picture to a branded image of your holiday campaign along with links in the description area to your website. Another helpful feature within social media is pinning a message about your campaign at the top of your timeline - no matter how many posts you make afterwards, that pinned message will always remain at the top and will be the first thing people see on your profile.

The possibilities of promoting your holiday campaign are virtually limitless, and you can find plenty more simply by using your favorite internet search engine. Once the donations and gifts start to flood in, you may have to report these contributions with your tax return. ExpressTaxExempt can make reporting gifts and contributions quick and simple. For more details, check out the following blog: Gifts and Contributions

As your #1 online hub for everything tax-exempt, ExpressTaxExempt offers e-filing support for Form 990-N (e-Postcard), Form 990-EZ, and Form 990 (Long). You can also e-file an Extension Form 8868 for an automatic 3-month extension, or an additional, non-automatic 3-month extension. Our dedicated support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina can efficiently help you throughout the e-filing process.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (704) 839-2321 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We can also be reached 24/7 with our email support at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or live chat with us at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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End of the Year Tips

The end of the year is just a mere three weeks away. And just like Santa checks his list twice, you should also double-check and make sure your exempt organization is well within regulation before the year is at an end. A new year means new beginnings and there’s nothing worse than attempting a fresh start with old baggage.

So what we have prepared are a few blogs that detail a number of tax responsibilities that should be accomplished around this time of year. Feel free to give each a read, make note to what’s already been done or what needs to be done, and have your exempt organization end the year on the nice list rather than naughty.

By Year’s End

The pressure is on to get everything in order before the new year, and time is quickly ticking away. You probably have even less time than most people, if you’re operating a nonprofit or charity organization. With this season geared towards gift-giving and donations, your load might be heavier than ever.

However, you can’t allow yourself to get lost in this seasonal wave of generosity. This blog offers seven tasks that experts agree should be completed by tax-exempt organizations before the year is over. From annual Board of Directors meetings to updating current solicitation registrations, and even thanking your donors with proper gift receipts, the information here will have your exempt organization ending the year as strong as possible.

End of Year Tax Tips For Nonprofit Organizations

If the title wasn’t self-explanatory enough, the information in this blog explains the annual renewal of an exempt organization’s Articles of Incorporation with the state. With organizations that solicit charitable contributions locally, you are required to register your nonprofit in that one state; however, if your contributions are solicited nationally, you need to register within each state’s jurisdiction.

It also goes into a little interest piece of information about how your nonprofit can make money from its intellectual properties without it being considered as unrelated business income.

Things To Know: Gift Acceptance Policy

Quite possibly one of the most important issues within nonprofits this time of year, this blog demonstrates the importance of having a gift acceptance policy in place. ‘Tis the season of abundant giving, but if the liquidation of a gift requires an inordinate amount time, or consumes way too much of your organization’s resources, then it may do more harm than good.

Above everything else, you definitely want to make sure that your exempt organization is compliant with the IRS tax filings. If your nonprofit operates on a fiscal tax year, and your tax deadline is in December, ExpressTaxExempt can help you e-file your tax return quickly and easily. We offer support for Form 990-N (e-Postcard), Form 990-EZ, and Form 990 (Long). And coming soon, you can use our amazing features to complete Form 1023 for tax-exempt recognition.
If you have any questions, or need any assistance with e-filing one of our available tax forms, don’t hesitate to contact our live support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and we can be reached at (704) 839-2321. We also offer 24/7 email support (support@expresstaxexempt.com), and you can live chat with us from the ExpressTaxExempt website.

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Gifts and Contributions

Isn’t the holiday season the most special time of year? The streets and houses are adorned with festive decorations, holiday music plays through the radio, or through your streaming music service, and the television airs the annual list of holiday specials. While it may be a couple more weeks before we are all back around family and friends, these things are our first glimpse of the holiday season, and as the song pronounces, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

One of the most common trends of this time of year is giving donations, and with the #GivingTuesday kickoff earlier this week, the act of giving is now in full effect. For those of you operating nonprofits and charities, it has to be an exciting time with all the contributions you’re receiving. In most cases, you’ll have to report those contributions when you file a tax return for your exempt organization.

With ExpressTaxExempt, reporting your contributions is as simple as waking up on Christmas morning.

After you’ve completed entering your organization details, prior year information, and your organization’s program service, you can begin to enter your contributions and gifts from the “Statement of Revenue” page.

1. Click the “Start” link for “Contributions, Gifts, Grants.”

2. Click “Start” if you need to list “Contributions from Fundraising Events” or “Contributions, Gifts, Grants, and Similar Amounts Received.”

Let’s say your organization has a holiday fundraiser, and it received contributions and donations from that fundraiser. Here, you can…

3. Enter the required income and contribution amount, and any expenses, from the fundraising event, then click the “Add” link.

If you didn’t host a fundraising event, and your organization accepted contributions as they were given, you can…

4. Click “Yes” for “Did you receive any contributions, gifts, grants and similar amounts received?”

5. Enter the required contribution details and click “Add Another” to list another contribution, or click “Add” to list only what you’ve just entered. That’s all there is to it.

“Do I have to list every individual contribution? I don’t have to with the paper form.”
We hear this quite often, and we understand that entering every single contribution can be tedious. While you might not have to do that with the paper form, please keep in mind that, with e-filing, you’re using sophisticated software with automated calculations and algorithms. The program even states the contribution will be factored into your public support percentage.

So if you tell a program that your organization receives at least 33% of its support from contributions, memberships fees, etc., then the program is going to automatically attempt to factor 33% from your list of contributions. If you list them as one large donation, that’s going to prompt an improper calculation, which will fail your public support test.

Bulk Upload
To compensate for having to sit within the program, and list contributions one by one, we do offer a bulk upload feature, which can list all your contributions at once.

All you need to do is
  • Step 1 - Download our pre-set Excel template.
  • Step 2 - Enter your contributions within the template and save.
  • Step 3 - Upload your saved template from your computer.

In this merry time of year, as well as anytime of year, our jolly support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina is more than happy to answer any questions, or help with any assistance you may need with e-filing your tax return. Give us a call at (704) 839-2321 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Email us anytime, 24/7 at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or live chat with us at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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We spend Thanksgiving reflecting upon what we’re thankful for, we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday to participate in some of the best shopping deals of the year, and now the consecutive day tradition continues on with #GivingTuesday - a dedicated, global day to giving back. Since 2012, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has committed the world coming together to promote generosity, and to give back to communities and those less fortunate.

Humble Beginnings
#GivingTuesday began with the charitable organization, 92nd Street Y, as a way to connect diverse groups of people, organizations, and businesses worldwide to honor and support the act of giving. The movement utilizes the limitless capabilities of social media as a platform for donors, no matter how big or small, to encourage donations of resources, talents, or even just time towards local challenges.

Anyone, anywhere can become involved with #GivingTuesday. All it takes is just coming up with some way you, your family, your organization, or your business can give back to your community. While you are giving, inform as many as you can about how you’re giving through various social media channels. You can post text, a photo, or even a video with the #GivingTuesday in your post.
You can give as much or as little as your heart deems necessary; however, remember that if you’re giving considerably, you can deduct the amount during tax season. For more information about tax deductions from giving to charity, check out the following blog:
Year-End Gifts for Charity

Nonprofits & Charities
#GivingTuesday serves as the grand kickoff for the charitable season, when people have their attention set on holiday and end-of-year giving. On your end, your nonprofit or charity organization may have to report contributions and gifts received if they exceed a certain amount. With ExpressTaxExempt, you can report those amounts as simple as listing the name of donor, the type of donation, and the monetary value of the donation.

ExpressTaxExempt also offers a bulk upload feature so you can list all your received contributions at once. All you need is to have your contributions listed on a spreadsheet, and then upload that spreadsheet within the program. We even provide a pre-made spreadsheet that you can download directly from us.

It truly is the start of the giving season, and our live support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina is available to give any assistance you may need to e-file a tax return for your exempt organization. Contact us at (704) 839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We also offer 24/7 email support through support@expresstaxexempt.com, or feel free to live chat us at our website.

Don’t forget to share with us your acts of giving in the comment section below!

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Happy Thanksgiving from ExpressTaxExempt

This Thanksgiving season we, at ExpressTaxExempt, are very grateful for each and every one of our users. Whether this was your very first year using our services, or if you are a loyal client, we are very appreciative of you choosing to do business with us, and we would like to say “Thank You.” As always, ExpressTaxExempt strives to be synonymous with everything concerning exempt organization filings, and with your continued support, there’s no doubt that we will further exceed all our expectations.

With ExpressTaxExempt, we offer support for the following tax-exempt forms:
  • Form 990 (Long) - For exempt organizations with gross receipts greater than $200,000 and total assets greater than $500,000.
  • Form 990-EZ - For exempt organizations with gross receipts greater than $50,000, but less than $200,000 and total assets less than $500,000.
  • Form 990-N (e-Postcard) - For exempt organizations with gross receipts less than $50,000.
  • Extension Form 8868 - Part I (Automatic 3-Month Extension) Part II (Additional, Non-Automatic 3-Month Extension)

For nonprofits or charities that are still looking to become tax-exempt, we will soon be offering support for Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. With this all-inclusive, new support, you can fully complete a section 501(c)(3) application and download it directly from your account to mail to the IRS. You won’t find this service anywhere else online except for ExpressTaxExempt.

ExpressTaxExempt makes e-filing tax returns for exempt organizations easy, quick, and efficient with the following features:
  • Interview-Style Format - Complete forms by answering a series of simple-worded questions. 
  • Cloud Computing - Start, stop, and then continue from where you left off. Information entered remains in your account and accessed whenever you log in.
  • Built-In Audit Check - Perform an automatic error check based on the information entered for any mistakes that could cause a rejection.
  • Worry-Free Security - Encrypted site, McAfee secure certified, and protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
  • Mobility - Mobile apps for e-filing Form 990-N (e-Postcard) & Extension Form 8868.
  • Email Notification - You receive notifications when forms have been transmitted, accepted, or rejected, and notifications when it’s time to e-file again.

As you spend the holiday this week with family and friends, we’ll be doing the same. Our office will be open on Wednesday, November 25, during our normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST; our support team can be reached at (704) 839-2321. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and only offer email support (support@expresstaxexempt.com) on Friday, November 27; normal business operations will resume on Monday, November 30.

We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for choosing ExpressTaxExempt for your exempt organization e-filings.

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A Form 1023 Thanksgiving

The most common tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday is probably being around family and friends. While some of you may not have to travel too far, the rest of you might have to cross a great distance to be near those dear to your hearts. 

Whether you’re visiting for just a day, or you’re having one of those ol’ school, 5-day family get-togethers, you’re most likely planning out things before you take your trip, things like what dish you may have offered to bring, or things necessary for overnight stays. The point is that you’re preparing beforehand rather than just showing up with nothing at all.

Much like preparing for a trip, you can’t just dive-in head first to fill out a Form 1023 for tax exemption. You should have your organization’s records in order or else you’ll find yourself losing time going back and forth trying to find the correct information. Even if you do have your records organized, understand that you may still need to consult a tax professional when presenting your organization for tax exemption.

Imagine your mother’s or grandmother’s world famous turkey stuffing, if you can. Even though you brought all the ingredients for it, you probably still need her help to make it as tasty as you remember. But you still have everything to at least get started. With the Form 1023, the following documents are needed before you even begin to properly start the form:

What is Required to File Form 1023
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Organizing Document (Article of Incorporation, Trust Agreement, or Articles of Association, Constitution, Bylaws or Other Similar Organizing Documents
  • Section 501(c)(3) Purpose and Dissolution Clause Verification (Included in Organizing Document)
  • Form 2848, Authorized Representative Verification (if applicable)
  • Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization

Your EIN is used to identify a business entity, and it’s also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number. You can apply for an EIN online through the IRS website, but they stress having your organization legally formed before doing so. The Organizing Document states what your organization is, and establishes the purpose and how your organization works. To make it simple, your organization should be fully established before filing for tax-exemption.

If you have a tax professional, or a lawyer, whom you would like to represent on behalf of your organization to the IRS, an Authorized Representative Verification form is needed. If not, then it isn’t necessary. The Tax Information Authorization form grants permission for any individual, corporation, firm, organization, or partnership of your choosing to receive and inspect confidential tax information about your organization; this form is required under any circumstances. If you don’t have the information to complete that part, you won’t even qualify to complete a Form 1023.

It pays to be prepared whether you’re applying for tax-exempt status, or going to visit family for Thanksgiving. With ExpressTaxExempt, you can use our unique, streamlined e-filing features to complete a Form 1023. Once you’ve successfully filled out the application, you can print out your completed form and mail it to the IRS.

Our support team is thankful to be able to provide you with any assistance in regard to filing for tax-exemption or e-filing any one of our supported forms for exempt organizations. Feel free to give us a call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (704) 839-2321. You can also email us 24/7 at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or chat with us at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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Nonprofit Showcase (A.Bevy, Incorporated)

Throughout the month of November, we have been sharing beneficial tips and advice for nonprofits and charities about holiday fundraising, and information regarding IRS compliance with tax-exempt return forms. With our #nonprofitnovember campaign, we also have been highlighting nonprofit organizations and charities that have been diligently serving their communities. And this week we are proud to showcase A.Bevy, Incorporated.

A.Bevy, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization, founded by Bryant Kirk White, with a focus on instruction through the arts, and the realization of self and individualism. Established in 2009, the organization’s vision has been placed upon “The Three Pillars,” CHANGE. PROGRESSION. GROWTH., which are the three keys towards living through one’s own distinctive purpose. A.Bevy became incorporated in 2012 with a mission “to assist individuals in finding their true passion, path, and purpose through creative introspective experiences.” As of 2014, A.Bevy, Incorporated is properly recognized as a section 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

Located in Laurens, South Carolina, A.Bevy, Incorporated hosts a number of fundraising events including banquets, tournaments, shows, festivals, forums, and workshops. The funds produced from these events are used to sponsor future events, but more importantly, to finance a variety of annual scholarships for South Carolina college students. Since its modest beginnings, A.Bevy, Incorporated has graciously grown into six collegiate sectors including Rock Hill’s very own Winthrop University.

Through educational events, media stimulating contemplative journeys towards self-purpose, and generous investments into the future minds of America, A.Bevy, Incorporated will continue to grow as a recognizable force throughout South Carolina and beyond. Thank you, A.Bevy, Incorporation - a shining example of #nonprofitnovember.

For more information about A.Bevy, Inc., you can check out the organization’s website for contact info. And if there are any other nonprofits or charities you would like to see showcased for #nonprofitnovember, let us know in the comment section below.

It doesn’t matter if your nonprofit is large or small, if it’s been around for years, or if you're just starting out. ExpressTaxExempt is your online solution for exempt organization e-filing. E-file tax-exempt return forms, extensions, and soon you can even apply for tax-exempt status with our section 501(c)(3) applications. Our live support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina can assist you with the e-filing process. Call us at (704) 839-2321; we’re available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We also offer 24/7 email support through support@expresstaxexempt.com, and live chat at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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Final Exempt Organization Deadline of the Year

It’s on its way! If your exempt organization operates on a calendar tax year, and you filed Part II of Extension Form 8868 back in August, then Monday, November 16, is the last day you can file your tax-exempt return on time.

“Which tax-exempt return needs to be filed?”
This final deadline is for organizations who are required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.

Reminder: Form 990 needs to be filed by exempt organizations with gross receipts greater than $200,000 and total assets greater than $500,000.
Form 990-EZ is to be filed by exempt organizations with gross receipts over $50,000, but less than $200,000, and total assets less than $500,000.

You also need to have been approved for Part II of the Extension Form 8868. If you have not been granted a second extension, or never e-filed for one, then your last due date was months ago and this November deadline does not apply.

“I was told my deadline was November 15.”
That is correct. Under normal circumstances, the final deadline would be the fifteenth of November. However, November 15 is on a Sunday this year. According to the IRS, if any tax day falls on the weekend, or a national holiday, it is pushed back to the next business day.

“How do I know if my organization operates on a calendar tax year?”
Your tax year period will tell you which tax year your organization works with.
  • Calendar Tax Year - Only if your “tax begin date” is Jan 1. and your “tax end date” is Dec 31. can your organization be considered as operating a calendar tax year.

  • Fiscal Tax Year - If your beginning and ending dates are not Jan 1. and Dec 31., then the November deadline doesn’t apply to you. You could possibly have a final deadline of December 15 if your begin date is Feb 1. and end date Jan 31.
Note: No matter if you use a calendar or fiscal tax year, your original due date will always be the 15th day of the 5th month after your tax end date. At that point, you can either file your tax return, or you can file an extension.

“What if I file the e-Postcard?”
If you normally file Form 990-N (e-Postcard), then this deadline doesn’t apply to you unless you have November 15 as your original due date to file. You can find out by using the IRS Exempt Organization Select Check. Search using your Employer Identification Number (EIN) and it’ll show when you last filed an e-Postcard along with your tax dates, and basic organization details.

Important: A tax extension cannot be filed for Form 990-N (e-Postcard). Exempt organizations are encouraged to e-file by their original due date.

Don’t wait any longer!!! ExpressTaxExempt has everything you need to stay compliant with the IRS regarding exempt organizations. We offer support for 990 forms, extensions, and coming soon our service will include applications for tax-exempt status.

Need some assistance? Have no worries because our live support team in Rock Hill, South Carolina is ready to get you through the in’s and out’s of the e-filing process. Contact us at (704) 839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST. Help is only a few keystrokes away with our 24/7 email at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or through live chat at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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‘Tis the Charity Season

During the last few weeks of the year, surveys show that charities and nonprofits raise close to 50% of their annual contributions. And it’s the time once again when nonprofits are gearing up for the upcoming waves of donations and contributions during the holiday season. Thanks to the Internet, you can find an abundance of ways your organization can make the most with this upsurge of generosity. Here are some tips to drive those donations towards the end of the year:

Stories to Share - Ask those that your organization helps to express or tell their story. You can showcase that story as a post or a video, and share with donors the type of impact they create. The showcase doesn’t have to necessarily ask for donations; you can provide other ways supporters can help, and then list donations as a secondary option.

Signify the Holidays - From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and every holiday in between, you should make an effort to be active with your supporters. For New Year’s, you can have donors contribute as a New Year resolution, or have them donate in recognition of someone they’re thankful for around Thanksgiving. Christmas could be donating a gift for those in need; the possibilities could be limitless.

#GivingTuesday - The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is the national day of giving. Your nonprofit could take advantage by offering special donation rewards like matching a donation dollar for dollar, or a two-for-one donation offer.

Transparency is Key - Be able to clearly convey to your supporters how their donations are used; that can be done with a simple email, or a grand presentation of some kind. Donors are gratefully at ease when they know how far every dollar goes.

Hosting & Promoting - Events are best this time of year for receiving donations. And even though they may require proper planning, you always have your network of supporters and volunteers to rely on. Food shelters can host a canned food drive, animals shelters can have a day where kids make animal-shaped holiday cards, and homeless shelters can serve meals.

Check out the popular, event-planning website, Inspherio, for ways to coordinate your holiday event, and post photos of your event or donation gathering on social media with #nonprofitnovember.

Giveaways - Offer a holiday themed giveaway. You could be giving away event tickets, consumer items, or even team up with a local grocery store to give away coupons. Whatever you decide to do, promote it often on every social media channel your organization has.

The list can go on and on, but however you decide to engage your supporters, now is the perfect time. And all those contributions can quickly and easily be reported on your Form 990 (Long) or Form 990-EZ through ExpressTaxExempt. Our bulk upload feature allows you to enter all of your contributors at once with no hassle.

Our live team of professionals in Rock Hill, South Carolina is ready to contribute with any assistance you may need e-filing your exempt tax return. We’re available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, at (704) 839-2321, or email us 24/7 at support@expresstaxexempt.com. Chat with us too at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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27-Month Threshold

Time is always a factor in just about everything we do. You work for a number of hours throughout the day, you have a few hours for yourself or your family. You may have to be somewhere at a certain time, or you have to leave right at a certain hour. Things that have to get done, or activities that we would like to do, are often decided on how much time we have to do them. The same thing goes for taxes, or any federal forms for that matter. 

When filing for tax-exempt status, the IRS processes applications in the order they were received. But cases can be worked out of order sometimes. What’s important here is that how soon or late you apply for tax-exemption can determine when your organization actually receives its tax-exempt status.

So there’s this rule… this sort of 27-month rule that’s associated with section 501(c)(3) applications. Generally, your organization can be recognized as tax-exempt from the day it was officially formed. To receive that type of recognition date, you need to have your tax-exempt application filed, and accepted by the IRS, within 27 months after the end of the month your organization was formed.

Example: Your organization was officially formed on August 20, 2015. To get your exempt status to have to same date, your Form 1023 needs to be filed and accepted by the end of November 2017.

Now that’s a big chunk of time; it’s a little over two years. But don’t procrastinate. A lot can happen for a start-up organization within two years. You might not even decide to become tax-exempt until after a full year of operation.

“What happens if I file after 27 months?”

Nothing drastic or terrible will happen to your organization if you happen to file after 27 months. Your organization’s tax-exempt status will only be recognized after your actual filing date. However, there are exceptions depending on your organization filing late. For specific situations that mandate exception from the rule, contact your local tax professional or visit the IRS webpage.

Why wait a full two years when ExpressTaxExempt is your online solution to preparing your section 501(c)(3) application for tax exemption? Your information entered with ExpressTaxExempt is saved automatically, safely secured, and easily accessible at your leisure - anytime and anywhere. Our service also checks for any filing errors or mistakes so that your Form 1023 application can be complete and correct the first time around. Best of all, you can download and print your completed form as soon as you’re done.

Preparing your Form 1023 doesn’t have to be extremely hard. Our live team of expert professionals in Rock Hill, South Carolina are ready to help. Contact us by phone at (704) 839-2321; we’re available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. You can also reach us by 24/7 email at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or by live chat at the ExpressTaxExempt website.

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It’s November, and quite possibly, the epitome of Autumn. By this time, even if you’re located further south in the country like we are, the weather is a bit cooler, and the leaves are showing off those beautiful, crisp, fall colors. With the time falling back an hour this past weekend, it gets dark a lot sooner in the evenings; however, the sun brightly shines even earlier in the mornings, which is good for natural sleep patterns according to health professionals.

While there are many associations with the month of November, and Autumn in general, the biggest tradition is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday - that great time of year where we reflect on the many things each of us are thankful for. We also see humanity shine at its brightest with the moving displays of compassion through annual food drives and feeding those who are less fortunate on Thanksgiving.

It is within that vein of seasonal tradition that ExpressTaxExempt presents #NonprofitNovember in which we recognize a number of nonprofit organizations that are serving and giving back to our towns and communities. Our #NonprofitNovember campaign will share helpful management tips for nonprofits and information about IRS compliance through filing the yearly required exempt tax returns. We’ll also keep you up-to-date with the most current industry trends coming straight from the leaders of local nonprofit organizations.

#NonprofitNovember serves as an outstanding opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to become familiar with us. You all proudly serve our communities; so why not have a team ready to serve you when it comes to e-filing your exempt returns? ExpressTaxExempt offers the quickest and easiest way to transmit your 990 forms directly to the IRS so you can spend less time filing and more on what matters most, which is being a local pillar of support. Our service includes a variety of features that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere coupled with the best in live, US-based assistance available.

And while we all use this month to give thanks, let’s not forget to show appreciation to those who are constantly giving back to others, sacrificing time to help those in need, and volunteering for little or nothing in return. “You’re the real MVP,” as the popular Internet meme would state. And let’s also not forget to enjoy these upcoming weeks of beautiful Autumn weather. Jump in pile of colorful leaves, or take a stroll through your local park. Enjoy it soon because Winter is just around the corner right along with having to be bundled from head to toe.

Don’t be the last one prepared for the next tax season like a lone leaf hanging from a tree branch. Sign-up for your FREE account with ExpressTaxExempt right now! We won’t let you “fall,” seasonal pun intended, if you have any questions or need any assistance. Contact our live, team experts at (704) 839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We’re also available through 24/7 email support (support@expresstaxextension.com), and live chat (www.expresstaxexempt.com).

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Scare-Free Tax Season

They say it’s the most frightful time of year. No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to avoid. And if things don’t go through as expected, you’re hit with probably the worst fear ever conceived by the human mind. No, we’re not talking about Halloween, but something most would consider even more sinister - Tax Season!! *cue lighting and thunderclap*

The thought of having to file tax forms could send a cold shiver down the spines of even the mightiest of men, or women. However, there’s no need for you to hold your breath like when walking past a cemetery at the stroke of midnight. As scary as filing taxes may be, you can conquer your tax filing fears with ExpressTaxExempt.

ExpressTaxExempt offers the quickest and simplest way to e-file your exempt organization tax return. We offer support for the following exempt tax forms:
  • Form 990-N (e-Postcard) - For exempt organizations with less than $50,000 in gross receipts.
  • Form 990-EZ - For exempt organizations with gross receipts over $50,000, but less than $200,000 and total assets less than $500,000.
  • Form 990 (Long) - For exempt organizations with gross receipts equal to or greater than $200,000, and total assets equal to or greater than $500,000.
  • Extension Form 8868 - An extension of time for exempt organizations; support is available for Part I and Part II.
And our newest service is so awesome, it’s like walking through a traditional, slasher horror film and coming out unscathed. With ExpressTaxExempt, you can now completely fill out a Form 1023 for tax-exempt recognition using the same highly-rated features including interview-style questioning, built-in error checking, accessibility with cloud computing, and, of course, our live, US-based technical support.

In a scary world full of ghouls, monsters, and taxes, let ExpressTaxExempt be that warm, comforting light that dispels the darkness. And while a scare-free Halloween may not be as welcoming as a scare-free tax season, the goal is to be well protected in both situations.

And just as there are many tips available on how to be safe on Halloween night, ExpressTaxExempt also offers a number of security protocols to keep your tax information secure. Our site is encrypted, McAfee secure certified, and protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); your information goes strictly to the IRS and no one else.

Even the most enthusiastic Halloween fans go out with a group, and never alone; so don’t ever think that you have to face down these IRS tax-exempt forms by yourself. We have our live, US-based support teams located in Rock Hill, South Carolina that are more than happy to assist you. Give us a “howl” Monday through Friday at (704) 839-2321 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re also available through email (support@expressextension.com) and live chat (www.expresstaxexempt.com).

ExpressTaxExempt wishes you all a safe and happy Halloween weekend!

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Section 501(c)(3) Applications

Even if you have a successful nonprofit operation going on within your community, you just can’t proclaim yourself as a tax-exempt organization. Like many other things leading to a classification or a title, there is a process that has to occur. Think about it… your nonprofit didn’t spring up overnight; it took a process and is probably still in progress. 

The success of your organization definitely is a process; one of the things you have to figure out is what works and what doesn’t work. To begin the process of becoming a tax-exempt organization, you have to complete and a file a section 501(c)(3) application.

A section 501(c)(3) application, also known as Form 1023, is required from organizations that are applying for exempt recognition from federal income tax. If your organization is approved, the IRS sends you written confirmation of your tax-exempt status, and its qualifications for tax-deductible, charitable contributions.

A Form 1023 is listed as the Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You can obtain tax exemption by filing a Form 1023. Your organization must follow the two key requirements in order to be exempt from federal income tax.

Requirement #1
Your organization must be organized as a corporation, trust, or an unincorporated association with documents specifying your purpose, and assets that are permanently dedicated to exempt purposes.

Requirement #2
Your organization must operate to fulfill one or more exempt purposes that’s listed in its documents.

If you’re tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), you’re normally recognized as a charitable organization. And your organization will be classified further as either a public charity or a private foundation.

Make the process of becoming tax-exempt as quick and easy as possible by preparing your section 501(c)(3) application with the all-new service from ExpressTaxExempt. Your exempt application is filled with our simple “Q&A” format, reviewed by our automated error checks, and you can access your information at any time with our convenient cloud computing.

Once your Form 1023 has been completed, you can download and print your application to mail to the IRS. ExpressTaxExempt even has you covered if you need further assistance. Our live, support experts are available to help Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Give us a call at (704) 839-2321, or send us an email to support@expresstaxexempt.com. You can even live chat with us at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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Introducing ExpressTaxExempt

Your most reliable e-filing service for exempt organizations has just received an extensive makeover. The realm of tax-exempt filing will never be the same again as we are overly ecstatic to unveil a revision of one of the greatest e-filing services within the ExpressTaxZone family. It is with an enormous honor that we introduce ExpressTaxExempt!

ExpressTaxExempt retains all of the features and services that you have come to expect from Express990. You can still e-file your Form 990-N (e-Postcard), Form 990-EZ, Form 990 (Long), and Extension Form 8868 with the same velocity and ease as before. Everything you would ever need to stay in compliance with the IRS, and maintain your tax-exempt status, can be accessed with the all-new ExpressTaxExempt.

But why stop there?

We understand that many organizations are going through unnecessary hoops and hurdles, and are given the runaround when attempting to become tax-exempt. We also want to present a new, intuitive user interface that can streamline the process of organizations filing for tax-exempt status. That service has now arrived with ExpressTaxExempt.

As an all-inclusive feature of ExpressTaxExempt, we can now serve as your leading solution for preparing and submitting your Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. With our service, you can directly download your completed Form 1023 and mail it to the IRS. Once your organization receives exemption status, why not remain within our family and e-file your yearly required tax-exempt returns as well? Everything you need can be found under the ExpressTaxExempt umbrella.
Among the proud rankings of our other products, ExpressTaxExempt also boasts the best in live, US-based technical and support teams. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, our expert professionals are ready to assist you with the best help available. We know the in’s and out’s of the e-filing process and offer the most comprehensive help in the industry.

Nothing has been taken away, only enhanced. We still offer our claim-to-fame features:
  • Simple “Q&A” Formatting
  • Cloud Computing
  • Built-In Error Checks
  • Worry-Free Security
  • Mobility
With ExpressTaxExempt, you’re not just e-filing, you’re sharing an e-xperience.

Never e-file alone; we have a dedicated support team of live professionals ready to assist, or answer any questions you may have about e-filing with our services. Give us a call at (704) 839-2321; we’re available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Send us an email at support@expresstaxexempt.com, or live chat with us at www.expresstaxexempt.com.

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I Spy Some Changes with Express990

How were you at Where’s Waldo as a kid? What about those giant I Spy books? Or the game on which those books are based? What we’re trying to ask is… how’s your attention to detail?

If it’s pretty good, this might not come as a surprise: Express990 is no more. Well, in essence it is, but it might look a little different. To accommodate all the filing needs for tax exempt organizations, we’ve been working to transform Express990, an industry leader for e-filing versions of Form 990, into ExpressTaxExempt.

Aahhh, so now do you notice now how our logo has changed and how the URL might not be exactly as you originally typed it? And if you’re exceptionally perceptive, you might have even noticed how the tabs at the top of your screen have changed.

That’s because in addition to the variations of Form 990 that you’ve already been able to access with Express990 (now under the Tax Exempt Return tab), we now offer Form 1023, the form used to apply for tax exempt status with the IRS. So you really can take ExpressTaxExempt on your entire tax exempt journey, which means we can help every step of the way.

The quality content and service you’ve come to expect with Express990 is still alive and well with ExpressTaxExempt. And there’s proof! Just take a look around the new site or get in touch with us! We’re still available by phone and live chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (704) 839-2321 and by email 24/7 at support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

But before you go, in the spirit of the season, here’s alittle Halloween I Spy from scrapgirls.net:

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Unrelated Business Income Tax

When filing either a Form 990 (Long) or a Form 990-EZ, you’ll come across reporting any income that was received outside the normal activities of your organization. Even though your organization may be tax-exempt, income from unrelated business activity can be taxed at corporate income tax rates.

Before you try to discontinue any activities that could bring in taxed income, you should understand that tax-exempt organizations are allowed to participate in a regulated amount of business activities that are unrelated to its exempt purposes. Unrelated Business Income becomes taxable if it meets the following qualifications:

Income is From Trade or Business: Trade or business includes any activity done for the creation of income either from selling goods, or from the completion of services. Generally, the IRS sees it as any endeavor motivated by making a profit; therefore, unrelated business income tax can be broadly applied and could cover many activities done through your exempt organization.

Trade or Business is Regularly Carried On: “Regularly carried on” basically means how often and in what method the business is conducted. Even if your activity is not done year round, it could still be considered as “regularly carried on” if the activity is common to the frequency and method of for-profit organizations.

Example: If a for-profit company normally does an activity seasonally, and your exempt organization does that same or similar seasonal activity, then it would be classified as “regularly carried on.” On the other hand, something like a one-time only sale of property wouldn’t fall in this category.

Trade or Business isn’t Substantially Related: Of course, for any activity to be considered as unrelated business, it must not be substantially related to the main purpose of your exempt organization. Regulations state that business activities must essentially contribute to the execution of your exempt organization’s purpose. If not, it’s considered unrelated, and any income made can be taxed.

As with any other tax stipulations or rules, there are some exceptions and modifications. Contact your local tax professional if you find yourself in an unspecified situation with unrelated business income.

Important: Just because your exempt organization can participate in unrelated business activity doesn’t necessarily mean it always should. As mentioned earlier, authorization of unrelated activities should be limited. If operating an unrelated business becomes the primary purpose of your exempt organization, you would risk losing your tax-exempt status.

Report any Unrelated Business Income through your Form 990 or Form 990-EZ with Express990. We work closely with the IRS to provide you the most secure, easy, and accurate tax e-filing experience. Our servers are encrypted, McAfee secure certified, and protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Your information goes directly to the IRS and no one else.

For any assistance or questions about e-filing our available 990 forms, you can contact our live professionals by phone (704-839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time), by email (support@expresstaxexempt.com), or by live chat (www.expresstaxexempt.com).

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There's a 990 Deadline Coming Up!

*Ahem* Attention! Calling all procrasti-- uh… deadline extenders!

We know this may fall on some deaf ears as we just called on the attention of those of you who filed for not one, but two 3-month extensions of time to file your tax return, but here’s a heads up: the LAST day for organizations with their fiscal year as the calendar year to file their 990 form is in exactly one month, November 15.

Okay, it’s not exactly one month away; November 15 is on a Sunday this year so your last day to file is technically the 16th. Either way this is your month warning that you’ve got a deadline coming up. And if you’re supposed to be doing that 990 long form, you might really want to pay attention to that.

So here are some things to keep in mind as you go into your last month to prepare your tax-exempt organization’s return:
  • Form 8868 cannot be used to extend the due date of Form 990-N (ePostcard). But, don’t fret: you can e-file this form at any time during the year without penalty (just don’t go three years without doing so - you’ll lose your tax-exempt status). And with Express990, you can still file your 2014 Form 990-N ePostcard for free!
  • The last extended filing deadline is in ONE month, on November 16.
  • Only Part I of Form 8868 automatically extended your deadline for filing, and it did so for 3 months. If you didn’t file Part II or if your Form 8868 Part II was rejected for the non-automatic 3-month extension of time, you might have only had one 3-month extension. You can contact the IRS Tax Exempt Hotline about penalties and instructions for filing late, (877) 829-5500.
  • The last extended filing deadline, November 16, is in ONE month!
  • If you have any questions or run into any bumps in your e-filing process while you’re filing your 990 form, the Express990 support team is here for you. You can reach us by phone, Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST at (803) 514-5155 or by email 24/7 at support@expresstaxexempt.com.
  • November 16, the last extended filing deadline, is in ONE month!!

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Current Year or Prior Year

Here, at Express990, we enjoy receiving feedback from you all, and the suggestions that you inspire. We understand that filing taxes can be difficult and stressful, and our goal is to provide you with the most user-friendly, e-filing experience so you can quickly and easily get your taxes done. Our most recent user response involves e-filing for either the current tax year, or a prior tax year based on the organization’s tax year period.

If you know your organization’s tax year period, then that’s half the battle. If not, check out the following blog about how you can find your tax dates:

For organizations with a Calendar Tax Year, it’s pretty easy to determine whether you’re e-filing for a current or prior tax year. If the current tax year is 2014, and your tax period is from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, then you’re e-filing for the current tax year. However, if the current tax year is 2014, but you’re e-filing for a year when your tax dates are from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, then you are e-filing for a prior (2013) tax year.

For those of you with organizations operating with a Fiscal Tax Year, it seems to be a bit confusing to decide if you’re e-filing for your current year, or your prior year. But we are here to help.
If the current tax year is 2014, and your tax period is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, then you are e-filing for the current (2014) tax year. It doesn’t matter about the year end date, but the year beginning date. We understand how confusing it can be, but think about it… If a regular year is from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, and your tax date begins in the middle (July 1, 2014), it’s still considered as a date within the year 2014.

It’s like your New Year’s Day isn’t on January 1, 2014, but on July 1, 2014. And a year has to consist of 12 full months so your 2014 year doesn’t end on December 31, 2014, but on June 30, 2015.

Remember: The year your tax date begins on is the same year that you’re e-filing your tax for.

Current (2014) Tax Year:
  • Beginning Tax Date: October 1, 2013 / Ending Tax Date: September 30, 2014 - E-file for the prior (2013) tax year.
  • Beginning Tax Date: April 1, 2012 / Ending Tax Date: March 31, 2013 - E-file for the prior (2012) tax year.

E-file for your correct tax year with Express990. We support the Form 990-N (e-Postcard) for the current tax year, and the two most prior tax years; the Form 990-EZ for the current tax year, and the most previous tax year; and the Form 990 (Long) for the current tax year only. You can also e-file your e-Postcard at anytime from anywhere with our FREE Express990 App for iOS/Android devices, or mobile site.

For any questions or assistance with e-filing, we have expert help available with live professionals at our office in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Contact us at (704) 839-2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; or, email us anytime, 24/7 at support@expresstaxexempt.com.

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Help End the Violence

One of the most important things for tax-exempt organizations is awareness. At Express990, we assist all kinds of tax-exempt organizations that depend on awareness of their organization and it’s purpose in order to perform necessary charitable duties. Last week, we shed some light on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this week we’re here to remind you that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Looking at the facts compiled by the CDC, the Domestic Violence Statistics website, and the American Psychological Association on domestic violence in the United States, things start to get really dark really quickly:
  • More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have experienced domestic violence
  • 74% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner
  • 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner
  • 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US exceed $5.8 billion per year:
    • $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services
    • Nearly $1.8 billion account for productivity losses

Domestic violence is ongoing, purposeful behavior that is aimed at dominating one’s partner, and often one’s children as well. It involves intentional control tactics that may be physical, sexual, economic, psychological, legal, institutional, or all of the above. These tactics can include unreasonable demands, stalking, coercion, threats, sexual abuse, economic control, extreme jealousy, and destroying the partner’s other relationships, among others.
Victims are often shamed and controlled by their abuser, making them feel as though they can’t leave or even that they deserve the abuse. Thinking that domestic violence is something that is deserved or could be caused by the victim’s actions can lead us to grossly underestimate the dangers they’re in. Victims need domestic violence services, safety planning, orders of protection, and most importantly, support. No victim should have to deal with their partner’s domestic abuse alone.

For more general information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s information page: Is This Abuse? In addition to 24/7 call services at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), The National Domestic Violence Hotline also has one-on-one online chat services. Break the Cycle provides more information about patterns of abuse and behaviors commonly experienced by youth in dating relationships. If you’re seeking help from these sites, remember that computer use can be monitored, and your browser history can be accessed even if you clear it. Always use a safe computer when accessing the internet.

Domestic violence is something we can work together to end. If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, please seek help. By bringing awareness to such heinous acts we can eradicate them completely.

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