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Automatic Extension Deadline is Approaching Soon!

There are only a few weeks left before the extended IRS deadline for exempt organizations. If your tax-exempt organization operates on a calendar tax year, and you filed IRS Form 8868 Part I back in May, then you have until August 15, 2016, to file your tax return on time with the IRS.

Failing to file before your extended deadline is against IRS compliance and can lead to you paying up to thousands of dollars in late filing penalties. E-filing with the IRS is easy with ExpressTaxExempt.com. And with our service, we guide you step by step throughout the entire e-filing process so you can transmit a complete, accurate, and secure tax return.

IRS Form 990/990-EZ | IRS Form 8868 Part II
For the August 15 extended deadline, you must prepare to file either Form 990 or Form 990-EZ - the one you choose depends on your exempt organization’s gross receipts. Nonprofits or charities with gross receipts greater than $200,000 are required to file IRS Form 990, while smaller organizations with gross receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 need to file IRS Form 990-EZ.

If you’re not quite ready to file before the extended deadline, you can apply for another extension. With IRS Form 8868 Part II, you can receive an additional, non-automatic 3-month extension. You'll need to provide an explanation why you need the extra time - your reasons are either approved or rejected strictly by the IRS.

ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 Mobile App
E-filing for another extension is convenient as ever with our FREE downloadable ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. In just minutes, you can transmit your extension form to the IRS and view, download, or email a copy from your account - no need to rush to a desktop computer when you can quickly e-file on the go!

Our U.S. - based, e-filing professionals in Rock Hill, South Carolina, are available to assist with your e-file experience. Feel free to contact us at 704.839.2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST - get in touch with us 24/7 with support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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Summer Checklist for Nonprofits

We’re more than halfway through the 2016 tax year - honestly, where does the time go? And as we continue to push through the Summer, it’s important for exempt organizations to regroup and refocus efforts to efficiently prepare for the second half of the year. While others are enjoying Summer luxuries like breaks or vacations, the development cycle for nonprofits goes on nonstop. To make the best use of the summer season, here are a few suggestions for nonprofits to get ready for the year’s second half.

Review Prospects
Take a look at your organization’s top 100 prospects, or however many you have. Verify if you need to remove any of them that are beyond consideration, or if they are officially added to your organization.

Update Database
Nothing is worse than trying to contact someone with incorrect information - an unfortunate scenario could be inquiring a grant from a now defunct email or physical address. It may be a daunting task depending on how many contacts you have, but it’s nothing a few volunteers or interns can’t handle.

Review Organization’s Yearly Plan

Double check if your nonprofit is still on track with its proposed plan from the beginning of the year. Make a note about your organization either reaching or missing goals at this point, the impact of donor investments, and what still needs funding for the upcoming months.

Develop Personal Work Plan
Along with revising your nonprofit’s milestones for the rest of year, you should also review and make any necessary changes about how you can personally achieve those goals. Your choices could include better time management, less or more workloads, or manage specific duties.

Prepare for Autumn and Winter
It’s never too early get organized for the last few months of the year. You can get holiday cards printed, write “Thank You” notes for those guaranteed to contribute, and outline seasonal fundraising campaigns.

Strengthen Social Media Presence
Now’s the time to post, post, post! With the extra leisure time that comes with Summer, you can bet people spending more time checking social media. And with social media management programs like Hootsuite, you can schedule posts to show as soon or late as you want. Check out our other blog on how social media can enhance your organization: Increasing Online Engagement

Clean, Clean, Clean

A decent organization is a happy organization or something like that. The point is to be more organized so that your nonprofit can run efficiently - sort out inboxes, file donor letters electronically or physically, update the relationships you have with contributors.

Communicate with Leaders
Keep lines of communication open with your board members and principal officers. Let them all know of the work that’s complete and any upcoming plans for the rest of year - you can develop a board meeting calendar or confirm that member information is up to date.

There’s probably so much more you can do within your organization during the summer months, so don’t constrict yourself to just this list. Another important thing is to make sure your organization filed its exempt return with IRS. If you filed an extension earlier this year, you have until August 15 to file without any penalties.
With ExpressTaxExempt.com, you e-file directly to the IRS and receive email notifications about your filing status. Even if your form gets rejected, you’ll know why and be able to make edits and re-transmit at no extra charge. And if you need even more time file, we also offer IRS Form 8868 Part II for an additional, non-automatic 3-month extension.

Our U.S. - based e-filing experts, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, are available throughout your e-filing process. Call us for any questions or assistance at 704.839.2321, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Drop us a message some time with our 24/7 email service, support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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5 Summer Fundraising Tips for Nonprofits

We’re right in the middle of these long days of summer, and with the weather being warm, exempt organizations are becoming warmer as this season is one of the most excellent time of the year to bring in contributions for your nonprofit or charity cause.

Break from the monotony of traditional fundraising tactics and take full advantage of these summer days with even more interaction with your community. Here are five simple strategies to earn more donations by using Summer to its full potential!

Embrace the Outdoors

When you think of Summer, you think of being outside - literally; people spend a great deal of their leisure time outside during the Summer. For you, this is a perfect opportunity to construct an outdoor activity as a fundraising campaign. You can set up a lemonade or ice cream stand for donations. A more simple and quick idea could be handing out bottles of ice-cold water on a hot day at the park for a small monetary gift towards your cause.

Make a Specific Request
If you need volunteers, contributions, or whatever is necessary, make sure your “call-to-action” is clear like blue summer skies. You want to be as transparent as possible with those who are getting involved with your organization. Be open with your mission goals, the use of donations, and how people can volunteer if they want.

Work with the Community

To be for the people, it makes sense to be with the people. With the summer season, there comes summer gatherings like pool parties, sporting events, and barbecues. How about hosting a summer festival with the proceeds going towards your exempt organization? If you happen to find any other city-sponsored activities in your area, see how your organization can become a part of it and use that platform to inform people about giving towards your leading cause.

Use your Creativity
There are no limits with whatever you can come up with - you can reshape a summer chore into an opportunity to fundraise. You could organize a small group of volunteers to mow lawns or wash cars for donations. With the proper resources, you could even put together an afternoon program for children where parents can contribute for how long their child is there. The possibilities are nearly endless for those serious enough.

Enjoy Yourselves
Though the point of these suggestions is to bring in money to your exempt organization, the primary goal should always be to have fun outside and be among those within the community. Just one fun summer activity can accomplish so much and bring positive recognition to your mission - ever thought about how a water balloon fight could be a fundraiser?

Once you've gathered all your donations, be sure to visit us at ExpressTaxExempt.com so you can quickly and easily bulk upload your contributors and amounts from fundraising events - these are figures required on your IRS Form 990/990-EZ. And if you need more time file, we also offer IRS Form 8868 for automatic tax extensions.

Contact our live, US-based customer support in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for any questions or assistance with e-file your exempt organization’s tax return. We’re available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST at 704.839.2321 - email us 24/7 with support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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