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Friday, July 7, 2017

Upcoming Form 990-N Deadline: Be Sure to File by July 15

An important deadline is approaching for tax exempt organizations and Form 990-N e-filers! Organizations that operate on a fiscal tax year may need to file a return by next week in order to keep their organization's current tax exempt status.

Form 990-N (e-Postcard) is due every year by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your tax year. A tax year is usually 12 consecutive months and is categorized as either a calendar tax year (January 1 - December 31) or a fiscal tax year (a period ending on the last day of any month except December).  Organization’s whose fiscal tax year ended in the month of February should file their Form 990-N via ExpressTaxExempt  by July 15. Since the July 15 due date falls on a Saturday, you will have two extra days to submit since filing will be extended to the following business day, which would be Monday, July 17th. Once again, all 990-N Forms for groups that have a fiscal tax year which ends in February should file no later than Monday, July 17th.

Although there is no penalty for filing Form 990-N late, organizations that fail to file for three consecutive years will automatically lose their tax-exempt status.

Filing a Form 990-N (e-Postcard) for your organization is very easy through ExpressTaxExempt and can be completed in three simple steps:

Search Organization's EIN 
  • Enter your Employer Identification Number (EIN) to view filing history and e-file your Form 990-N to the IRS. 
Select Filing Year
  • Choose the available tax year from your filing history list to e-file and create an account to review your filing details. You can also update any of your organization information if necessary. 
Review & Transmit to the IRS
  • Complete payment information and transmit your e-Postcard to the IRS instantly. You can review your payment receipt or summary of e-Postcard once you transmit your return. 

And just like that, your form is filed with the IRS and your organization remains tax exempt. It’s really easy as 1-2-3! If things are busy with your organization and you just don’t have the time to file the Form 990-N you can just take a few minutes and file Form 8868 with ExpressExtension and apply for a 6-month filing extension to get some more time.

Although your organization’s due date may not be July 15, you may have one coming up soon. Reference our Fiscal Tax Year Filing Calendar chart below to find out your deadline:

Tax Year Begin Date
Tax Year End Date
Form 990 Deadline
January 1
December 31
May 15
February 1
January 31
June 15
March 1
February 28/29
July 15
April 1
March 31
August 15
May 1
April 30
September 15
June 1
May 31
October 15
July 1
June 30
November 15
August 1
July 31
December 15
September 1
August 31
January 15
October 1
September 30
February 15
November 1
October 31
March 15
December 1
November 30
April 15

As always, feel free to contact our support team of e-file experts at 704.839.2321 for any questions or help with your e-filing experience. We’re here to assist you Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or feel free to reach us 24/7 via email at support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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