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Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: How Your Nonprofit Can Help

On Friday, August 25th, the catastrophic storm, Hurricane Harvey, slammed onto the shore of southeastern Texas as a Category 4 hurricane and has since weakened to a tropical storm as of Saturday. Many of us have seen the heartbreaking effects that Hurricane Harvey has had and wonder how we can be of assistance to help those that were affected, recover from the disaster. 

Our ultimate goal and aim at ExpressTaxExempt is to be a resource to all nonprofits and support the enrichment of communities worldwide. With respect to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, we have provided a listing of philanthropic opportunities for both nonprofits and individuals to donate/give to. We encourage you to browse through the various causes listed below and help our brothers and sisters in Texas. 

Monetary Donations

Red Cross - The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey. Donations can be made online or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text “HARVEY” to 90999 and make a $10 donation through your mobile device.

The Salvation Army - The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to the survivors and relief workers of Hurricane Harvey. They currently have disaster teams from across the country working in the treacherous waters and have response efforts in place for long-term disaster recovery efforts. Visit their website to make an online donation of $25.00 or more. Donations can also be made by mail or phone.

City of Houston Relief Fund
- The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner has established a relief fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. For more information on how to donate by credit card, check/money order, or transfer cash by wire, click here.

Save the Children - This organization focuses on the most vulnerable by providing items such as cribs and shelter to displaced children. For ways to support the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund, visit the Save The Children website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Samaritan’s Purse - The Samaritan’s Purse currently has 2 disaster relief units in Texas helping residents through the rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. They will soon have a total of 5 tractor trailers in the state to assist those affected. Click here to donate. Volunteers are also needed...thousands to be exact. Visit their Volunteer Network to sign up and receive updates on details and needs.

Heart to Heart - Heart to Heart International deploys a team of highly qualified responders equipped to rapidly respond as a self-contained mobile medical team. Volunteers are being recruited in the following fields: nurses, physicians/midlevel providers (Emergency Medicine, General Practitioner, Family Medicine, Pediatrics), EMT/Paramedics, Physical Therapists, Mental Health, Logistics, Administration, and Security. Find out more information here.

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Other Ways to Donate:

Feeding Texas - Feeding Texas serves alongside state and federal relief efforts when disasters strike the state of Texas. If you or someone you know is in the state of Texas, they can donate food items such as pop-top meat/fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly as well as cleaning supplies to a local food bank in Houston, Galveston, and other areas. Monetary donations are always welcomed also. Visit the Feeding Texas website for a list of local food banks and contact information.

United Airlines - Airplane carrier United Airlines is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to relief efforts on its fundraising page. They will also match the first $100,000 donated. If you donate $50-$99 you will earn 250 bonus miles and $100-$249 will get you 500 bonus miles. Visit United Airlines Fundraising Page to donate.


Airbnb - Airbnb has created an Urgent Accommodations site where evacuees from the storm can find shelter and all service fees are waived for those affected by the disaster that check in between August 23, 2017 and September 25, 2017. If you need a place to stay or have a home in that area that you would like to add to their database, click here.

Animal Relief

SPCA of Texas - The SPCA of Texas is providing disaster relief to pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. A large team of their staff and volunteers have already set up a temporary animal shelter near the mega shelter in Downtown Dallas and are working in conjunction with city and county disaster officials. Click here to support their efforts.

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Political Organizations Can Now File Their Taxes with Ease

ExpressTaxExempt has a new form that’s specifically designed and ready to be filed by political organizations. Form 1120-POL is typically filed by political organizations and certain tax-exempt organizations with taxable income remaining after the $100 special deduction has been taken for the taxable year.

Form 1120-POL is due annually on the 15th day of the fourth month following the organization’s tax year end date.

For organizations that operate on a calendar tax year (January 1 to December 31), the due date is April 15 each year.

To e-file Form 1120-POL, you’ll need some information about the organization such as its tax year beginning and end dates as well as the organization name, employer identification number (EIN), and address. Financial details including income, deductions, and tax data will also be needed once you navigate through the e-filing process. Once this information has been submitted, an officer of the organization must sign Form 1120-POL before e-filing it with the IRS.

It is extremely important for political organizations to file this form. Failing to file or filing late can result in the group incurring penalties from the IRS. Organizations that fail to file are required to pay an additional fine equal to 5% of the tax due for each month the return is late, with a maximum of 25% of the total tax due. Form 1120-POL returns that are filed more than 60 days late will have to pay the remaining tax due or $135, whichever is smaller.

ExpressTaxExempt eliminates the hassle of a long filing process by providing Form 1120-POL with a very simplistic process that can be completed in five easy steps:

1) Create Your Account
  • Enter your email address, password, and some basic identifying information to create your free account and start filing.
2) Start a New Form
  • From your Dashboard, select the Start New Form option. Then, click Form 1120-POL to begin entering information to e-file your Form 1120-POL. 
3) Enter Organization Information
  • Here, you’ll enter your basic organization information needed to file Form 1120-POL. This information includes your organization name, EIN, and address. This information must match what’s on the IRS’s records. 
4) Complete Our Interview Process
  • Rather than fill out your form line by line, complete our simplified, interview-style process to enter information and complete your Form 1120-POL. Once you’ve finished, you can review your form to ensure everything looks correct. 
5) Pay & Transmit
  • Once you’ve confirmed that everything looks good to go on your Form 1120-POL, all that’s left to do is to pay our one-time transmittal fee and e-file your Form 1120-POL directly with the IRS.

Our simple and easy-to-use form can be completed at any time with  ExpressTaxExempt for an affordable and competitive rate of $49.90. Be sure to take advantage of this great new form that will surely be beneficial to your organization when filing annually. If you have any questions about the e-filing process or need assistance while filing, we are always here to provide you with stellar customer support.  We’re here to assist you by phone at 704. 839.2321 on 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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Unique Ways to Fundraise for Your Nonprofit

Any leader of a nonprofit organization will tell you that receiving adequate funding for their organization can be somewhat of a challenge. Although charitable nonprofits usually rely on the generosity of donors to support their annual efforts, fundraising initiatives are sometimes necessary to assist with supporting the financial needs of the organization. We’ve provided some fundraising techniques that your organization can utilize for years to come!


Collaborate with other Organizations

Reach out to other organizations in your area to host events and support each other’s endeavors.

Supporting each other can assist with finances by cutting the cost in half as well as unique ideas, planning and execution and follow through.

Have Fun Activities Become Fundraisers

Find out what your community enjoys doing during their free time and turn it into an enjoyable fundraiser. People don’t mind giving or setting aside a few dollars to do what they enjoy.  Let’s take a Talent Show/Competition for example -- the cost of hosting a local talent show can be very inexpensive and if you have a few members of your organization that like to bake, you could sell light refreshments during the intermission of the event to make an extra few dollars. Other events such as a cook-off, charity tournament, scholarship banquet, or even the latest current trend, an escape room puzzle event.

Be Involved in Your Community

Giving back to your community is always beneficial in more ways than one. It pays to educate the community about what your organization does. By making donors aware of your community service initiatives, many will feel comfortable supporting your various endeavors and fundraising efforts. People tend to not give to groups that they know nothing about. The more exposure your organization receives, the better.


This is considered to be peer-to-peer fundraising by way of members asking their friends, family members, and coworkers for donations prior to an event and then having them participate in the event.

This type of fundraising is ideal for a marathon, walkathon, pageant, etc., and is a great way to directly involve donors.


When conducting planning for your organization annually, it can be a challenge to find different ways to raise money. Here are some various fundraising ideas that can be done:

50/50 Raffle or Basket Raffle Bingo
Silent Auction
Sip and Paint
Talent Show / Lip Sync Competition
Recipe Books
Battle of the Bands
T-Shirt Sales
Comedy Night / Karaoke Night
Polar Plunge
Engraved Bricks
Marathon / Walkathon
Wrapping Paper Sale (Holiday Seasons)
Rainbow Tea
Car Wash
Classic Car Show
Baby Photo Contest
Cooking Class
Penny Drive
Trivia Night
Appreciation Grams
Dinner Theatre
Pie Throwing Contest or Dunk Tank
Date Auction
For more neat fundraising ideas, click here.

Be sure to save those receipts when planning a fundraising event and know that ExpressTaxExempt is always here to be a consistent resource to you and your organization for all things tax exempt! Visit our website for any tax forms that your tax-exempt organization may need throughout this year and save even more when you e-file with our recently reduced filing rates! We’re available to assist you via phone at 704.839.2321 on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or reach out to us 24/7 via email at support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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Reinstate Your Tax Exempt Status with These Tips

Most tax-exempt organizations are required to file either a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF or 990-N (e-Postcard) each year with the IRS to maintain its tax-exempt status. Organizations that fail to file the appropriate form for three (3) consecutive years are considered automatically revoked and lose its tax-exempt status immediately. An automatic revocation is effective on the original filing due date of the third annual return or notice.

Each month, an “Automatic Revocation of Exemption List” will be updated and made available for public records on the IRS website. This list will include the name, EIN, organization type, last known address that the organization has provided, effective date of revocation and the date the organization was added to the list. Organizations that apply for and receive reinstatement to tax-exempt status are also listed on this list with the date of reinstatement provided also.

How To Reinstate Your Exempt Status

Well since we’ve hit the area of reinstatement...let’s talk about it!

Although the law prohibits the IRS from undoing a proper automatic revocation or an appeal process, an organization that has been revoked can be reinstated. There are four ways an organization can be reinstated:

Streamlined Retroactive Reinstatement

This type of reinstatement is for organizations that usually file Form 990-EZ or 990-N (e-Postcard). Tax-exempt status can be reinstated if they have not previously had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked. Also Form 1023, Form 1023-EZ or Form 1024 must be completed and submitted with the appropriate user fee include no later than 15 months after the date listed on the organization’s Revocation Letter or the date the organization appeared on the IRS Revocation List.  For more information on where to send this form, click here.

Additionally, if an organization is retroactively reinstated, they will not be charged the failure-to-file penalty if this procedure and necessary files are completed correctly.

Retroactive Reinstatement Process

This process is for organizations that are required to file Form 990 or Form 990-PF. Similar to the streamlined retroactive reinstatement process, in order to be reinstated you must do the following:
  • -Complete and submit Form 1023 or Form 1024 with the appropriate user fee not later than 15 months after the date listed on the Revocation Letter or the date in which the organization appeared on the IRS Revocation List. 
  • -Include a statement with the application that establishes that the organization had reasonable cause for its failure to file for at least one of the three consecutive years in which it failed to file. 
  • -Include with the application a statement confirming that it has filed required returns for those three years and for any other applicable taxable years. 
  • -Properly file completed and executed paper annual returns for the three consecutive years that caused the revocation. Organizations should write “Retroactive Reinstatement” on these returns and mail them here
The failure-to-file penalty will not be charged if this procedure and necessary files are completed correctly.

Retroactive Reinstatement (after 15 months)

Any organization that applies for reinstatement more than 15 months after the later of the date on the organization’s revocation letter or the date the organization appeared on the IRS Revocation List may have their tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated by satisfying all of the requirements described under the “Retroactive Reinstatement (within 15 months)” procedure EXCEPT that the reasonable cause statement that the organization includes with the application must establish reasonable cause for its failure to file a required annual return for all three consecutive years.

No failure-to-file penalty will be applied if the organization is retroactively reinstated under this procedure.

Postmark Date Reinstatement

Last but not least, the final way to be reinstated is for organizations that apply for reinstatement effective from the postmark date of their application if they complete and submit Form 1023, Form 1023-EZ or Form 1024 with the appropriate user fee.

When completing the application write on the top of the form “Revenue Procedure 2014-11, Reinstatement Post-Mark Date” and mail the application here.

Filing Form 990 Series Online

Operating your nonprofit organization without tax-exempt status can be extremely challenging and quite difficult. Eliminate the worry and concern of losing your tax status or even regain tax-exempt status by filing your Form 990 series returns with us at ExpressTaxExempt. With affordable pricing and a safe, secure and easy-to-use e-filing system, organizations can quickly and accurately file their forms directly to the IRS. Need help during the filing process? No worries. We’re always here to help! Feel free to contact our support team of e-file experts at 704.839.2321 for any questions or help with the 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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Top Membership Recruitment Tips for Your Nonprofit

Summer is quickly passing us by which means that summer vacations are coming to an end, schools are back in session, and organizations across the country are gearing up to continue reaching their annual goals. Some of these organizations will open their doors for membership intake within the next few weeks and may find that it will be somewhat challenging to not only find, but retain new members. ExpressTaxExempt is here to support your organization by providing some beneficial recruitment strategies and tips that can help your organization as it continues to grow. 

Know and Understand Your Organization

Leaders should have a clear understand of the organization’s goals, objectives, mission, and purpose prior to recruiting others to join. Have leaders in your group come up with an “elevator speech” (clear, brief message/commercial about the organization) that can be shared with those interested in joining your organization. These speeches can be shared first in a role playing activity during a monthly leadership meeting. 

Develop a Target Audience

If your organization is looking for specific types of individuals to carry out the work of the group, market and cater your recruitment efforts to the type of people that you need. For example, if you are recruiting for a college campus ministry, gear your recruitment efforts towards millennials with innovative and intriguing materials that incorporate scriptures or inspirational quotes. 

Set Realistic Membership Goals

Once you can identify who your target audience will be, then determine a realistic number of new members that you would like to have join your organization. 

How many new members can your organization reasonably assimilate into the group? Knowing the answer to this question will greatly impact the outcome of your recruitment efforts. 

Creative Marketing & Advertising

When marketing and/or advertising for your organization, be sure to use creative and strong visual elements. These visual elements will attract the attention of potential members. Utilize the talents of those within your organization and have those members with artistic talents design your flyers, posters, promotional videos, and marketing materials. Be strategic with your marketing. Do a social media blast and have the members of your organization repost a flyer or promotion at a specific time & date. Post printed flyers in “high traffic” areas where people seem to walk by or gather to fellowship which will increase the overall reach of your marketing. 

Be Authentic

When seeking others to become a part of your group it is important to be genuine. Prospective members can easily tell if your efforts are to simply just increase the size of your membership roster. Be real and let them be real. Also, remember that personal contact is always better than tons of flyers and advertisements. People tend to join an organization because of the people they will be associated with. Take time to get to know your new members. 

Ask for Input

Members of organizations want to feel a part and know that their presence in your group is valued and that they are appreciated. Throughout the year, have conversations and open discussions with members to let them voice their opinions and provide ideas as to how to make the organization become even stronger and more effective. 

By implementing these strategies into your annual recruiting efforts, you will be able to see a positive enhancement to your organization. As always, ExpressTaxExempt is here to help you in any way that we can. Be sure to e-file your Form 990 series tax forms with us each year to maintain your tax exempt status and remain in good standing with the IRS. 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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Time is Winding Up: Get 6 Extra Months to File

Both Form 990 & 990-EZ are due by the fifteenth day of the fifth month following the organization’s tax year end date. Depending on the type of tax year that an organization operates on, the due date will vary. For example, if the organization operates on a fiscal tax year of April 1 to March 31 then its due date annually to file is August 15, while standard calendar tax year organizations (January 1 to December 31) would file on May 15 of each year.

Failing to file your Form 990/990-EZ can be very detrimental to your beloved tax-exempt organization. If an organization fails to file their annual information return with the IRS, a penalty of $20 is charged each day the return is late. Although this penalty increases daily, it cannot exceed 5% of the organization’s gross receipts or $10,000, whichever is less. For larger groups, if the organization’s annual receipts exceed $1,020,000, the per diem penalty increases to $100, with a maximum penalty of $51,000 per return.

Before you know it, it will be time for you to file with the IRS. We understand how hectic things can become when running an effective organization, so ExpressTaxExempt offers a quick and affordable extension for organizations to file their Form 990/990-EZ. Filing extension Form 8868 by the original filing deadline will grant an organization an additional six months to file, upon approval of the extension.

Filing Form 8868 with ExpressTaxExempt can be done within minutes. Simply register or sign in with ExpressTaxExempt to get started, enter basic information about your organization (name, EIN, address, and contact number) and submit your extension form in no time! You will be notified instantly by email with the status of your submitted form once we hear back from the IRS.

Are you on the go and not near your computer? No problem! Conveniently e-file with our downloadable mobile app. With our ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 Mobile App, you can quickly apply for an automatic extension on the go using your iPad or Android tablet. Just download, sign in, and choose the appropriate IRS form to apply for an extension.

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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Scheduling Conflicts: Which Schedule Should I File?

If you’ve ever filed a Form 990 or Form 990-EZ before, you know there’s a neat little thing called “Schedules” that are attached to your return which provide necessary additional information when filing. There are a total of 16 Schedules available for Form 990 and 8 for Form 990-EZ in which the correct Schedules are filed by a respective organization depending on its activities.

ExpressTaxExempt supports many of the Schedules for both Form 990 & 990-EZ. To make the e-filing process easier for all of our clients, these Schedules are automatically generated for you once you provide answers to prompted questions when preparing your form with our software.  

If you’re unsure of what Schedules are available or which one to include on your tax return, here’s a list of each schedule for both 990 & 990-EZ Forms: 

Form 990 Schedules

Schedule APublic Charity Status and Public Support
Schedule BSchedule of Contributors
Schedule CPolitical Campaign and Lobbying Activities
Schedule DSupplemental Financial Statements
Schedule ESchools
Schedule FStatement of Activities Outside of the United States
Schedule GSupplemental Information Regarding Fundraising or Gaming Activities
Schedule HHospitals
Schedule IGrants and Other Assistance to Organizations, Governments and Individuals in the U.S.
Schedule JCompensation Information
Schedule KSupplemental Information on Tax Exempt Bonds
Schedule LTransactions with Interested Persons
Schedule MNoncash Contributions
Schedule NLiquidation, Termination, Dissolution, or Significant Disposition of Assets
Schedule OSupplemental Information of Form 990
Schedule RRelated Organizations and Unrelated Partnerships
Click Here for Form 990 Schedule Detailed Descriptions

NOTE: Generally, Schedules A (Public Charity Status and Public Support) and O (Supplemental Information to Form 990) are the most common schedules filed with Form 990. 

Form 990-EZ Schedules

Schedule APublic Charity Status and Public Support
Schedule BSchedule of Contributors
Schedule CPolitical Campaign and Lobbying Activities

Schedule ESchools

Schedule GSupplemental Information Regarding Fundraising or Gaming Activities

Schedule LTransactions with Interested Persons

Schedule NLiquidation, Termination, Dissolution, or Significant Disposition of Assets

Schedule OSupplemental Information of Form 990

If your organization operates on a fiscal tax year from April 1 to March 31 and files Form 990 or 990-EZ your filing deadline is quickly approaching and due this Friday, August 15th. Additionally, any organization that filed an extension in February 2017 (fiscal year of October 1 - September 30) must file by August 15th as well.

Filing with ExpressTaxExempt is very simple and can be done in 5 intuitive steps. Simply create a free account or sign in, add your organization’s details, complete the form interview, review the provided summary of your organization’s information, pay and transmit directly to the IRS. And just like that, you’ve completed your e-filing process, included the necessary required Schedules, and remain in good standing with the IRS. 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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