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Exempt Organization Filing Requirements: Extending Due Date for Form 990

May an  exempt organization request an extension of the due date for filing Form 990?

Yes, the organization may request an automatic three-month extension, without showing cause, by filing Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return, by the initial due date for filing Form 990. The organization may request a second three-month extension by filing a second Form 8868 and explaining why it has reasonable cause for needing the additional three months. 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 06-Nov-2012