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Filing 990 at The Last Minute? Learn These Tips!

We believe that filing tax returns for your exempt organization should be as hassle-free as possible.

That’s why we offer an easy, intuitive tax-filing software that works with you to help keep that all-important compliant status with the IRS for your organization.

We’ve taken the complication out of filing Form 990 and reduced it to a form that is as tamed as a kitten!

Read on below to find out which 990 Form you should use when filing, what filing information you should have available, and how to make filing a breeze!  That’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Just to be sure...

When approaching the task of filing a 990 for your organization, take a few moments to read over this chart to get an overview of the various forms, as well as a heads up about what you’ll need.


You may have noticed...

There’s a big difference between Form 990-N and the rest of the IRS Form 990 forms. Either way, you will be filing based on the financial status of your organization, determined based on your gross receipts and assets.

IRS Form 990 and IRS Form 990-N (e-Postcard) are the most confused forms. If you are responsible for filing your nonprofit’s tax return, knowing which form to use is essential.

So, let’s dig a little deeper into the differences in filing IRS Form 990 versus filing Form 990-N.

Filing Form 990-N:

IRS Form 990-N (e-Postcard) is for nonprofit organizations with gross receipts that do NOT exceed $50,000. This form is typically filed by smaller nonprofit organizations and is the quickest 990 tax form to complete.

990-N sounds pretty great, right?  Be careful! There are certain organizations that aren’t allowed to file the e-Postcard version of 990.  Check this list and be sure you’re not on it before you try filing Form 990-N.

990-N is a no-go for:

  • Political organizations required to file an exempt organization return annually
  • Private foundations (File Form 990-PF)
  • Supporting organizations such as:
    • Organizations with gross receipts $5,000 or less and classified as a section 501(c)(3) religious organization.
    • Auxiliaries of Churches
    • Exclusive religious activities (by religious orders)

Filing Form 990:

If you’ve figured out that you can’t file a 990-N, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! If you want to remain tax-exempt and avoid hefty IRS penalties, you’ll still be filing, but you’ll use one of the other 990 forms available.  It will be either the 990 EZ, Form 990, or the IRS Form 990 PF.

Regardless, ExpressTaxExempt is here to get you through it. Regardless of the form, we have a simple process in place to help guide you through filing. We really walk you through it, so you can have the confidence that you’re completing the right form, and completing it correctly.  We’ve pulled out all the stops, including checks that keep all your information accurate.

Ready to file?

The uniqueness of Form 990 is that it has a deadline on the 15th of every month.

Depending on the calendar or fiscal tax year of your organization, you may have a 990 Form due soon!

Click below and start your simple process for filing Form 990 at the last minute.

Don’t let procrastination get in the way! File today!


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