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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Maintain Your Exempt Status with the January 15 Deadline


The New Year has come and many nonprofit organizations have kicked off 2018 with a great start. 

As you begin to carry out the work of your organization to make a difference in the communities you serve, we want to ensure that you’re aware of an upcoming filing deadline that may greatly affect the tax exempt status of your organization. 

Form 990 Deadline


Tax exempt organizations are required to file a 990 Form annually to maintain their tax exempt status with the IRS. 

The deadline to e-file Form 990 Series varies and is dependent upon the calendar or fiscal tax year in which the organization operates. 

Organizations that operate on a calendar tax year (January - December) have an annual filing deadline of May 15. Fiscal tax year organizations whose tax year consists of 12 consecutive months and ends any month besides December, have a deadline on a different month. 

Is My Form Due on the January 15th?


There are two types of organizations that must file by the January 15 deadline:

  • Organizations whose tax year ENDED on August 31, or 
  • Organizations that had a tax year which ended on February 28/29 with an original filing of July 15 but filed a 6 month extension. 
Due to January 15 being a legal holiday (MLK Day), 990 Forms for organizations can be filed up until Tuesday, January 16. 

Which Form Do I File?


There's nothing worse than being stressed out while filing and not knowing exactly which file to form for your organization. 

ExpressTaxExempt eliminates the worry about missing your Form 990 filing deadline or filing the incorrect form by providing you with all of the tools and forms that you’ll need to file properly. 


Form 990 Series

Form 990 is filed by organizations with gross receipts more than or equal to $200,000 or total assets equal to or greater than $500,000.

Form 990-EZ is the Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax and is filed by organizations with gross receipts less than $200,000 and $500,000 in total assets.

Form 990-N is for organizations with gross receipts that are less than or equal to $50,000. This form can only be filed electronically.

Form 990-PF is filed by Exempt & Taxable Private Foundations as well as Non-Exempt Charitable Trusts which the IRS treat as private foundations. 

Easy Filing with ExpressTaxExempt


ExpressTaxExempt offers easy e-filing for Form 990 Series returns (Form 990, Form 990-N (e-Postcard), Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF) so you can quickly file the correct 990 Form for your organization. 

Follow the simple step-by-step guide to create your free account, enter basic information about your organization, complete the form interview, review your information and audit report, pay for your form, and transmit it directly to the IRS. The entire process is completed in 5 simple steps! 

Let Us Help You File


If you have any questions, 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 available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can also reach us 24/7 via email at support@ExpressTaxExempt.com.

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