On June 27, 2014, the IRS released a new form – Form 1023EZ — which will simplify and streamline the 501(c)(3) application process for small nonprofits without complex issues. This article covers the benefits of the new form and explains which nonprofits may take advantage of it.
File Your Form 990!
Here at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, we continue to hear from nonprofits that have lost their 501(c)(3) status for failure to file their Form 990s or that are subject to large penalties by the IRS for filing their Form 990 late or for filing incorrect or incomplete versions. One of our clients recently received a notice from the IRS that it owes over $9000 in penalties for filing their Form 990 late. Avoid these costly mistakes by making sure to file the correct version of the Form
990 completely and on time. Remember, if your fiscal year ends on December 31,your 2013 Form 990 will be due on May 15 unless you get an extension in advance of that date. For other important information about filing Form 990s, please see
our FAQs on the topic.
In this useful resource, Metcalf Davis CPAs have added notes to a standard Form 990 to help nonprofit board members and officers review the form and understand the significance of various provisions.
Form 990 is the annual tax information return that 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS each year. Even organizations that have not yet filed for 501(c)(3) status but intend to do so, or that have filed for 501(c)(3) status but have not yet received it, are required to file some version of the form with the IRS each year. Which version of the Form 990 that must be filed generally depends on the economic activity of the organization. This article answers basic questions about the Form 990.
The IRS now asks for more information in the revised IRS Form 990 regarding in-kind donations like clothing, cars and boats. This alert covers those reporting requirements, and the acknowledgement changes that could affect your donors.
Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.
Even if your organization already has its 501(c)(3) status, the IRS can still take it away unless you do the right things. This guide covers activities that may jeopardize a charity’s exempt status, tax returns or notices that must be filed, recordkeeping, changes to be reported to the IRS, required public disclosures and resources for public charities.
Form 1023 is the form used to apply for recognition of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Are you interested in Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status? This informative booklet from the IRS answers questions such as why you should apply, who’s eligible, how to get started, and what responsibilities come with the status.