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Exempt Organizations Annual Reporting Requirements - Annual Electronic Notice (Form 990-N) for Small Organizations: EIN Error Message

When my organization attempted to file the e-Postcard, it received an error message indicating that the EIN was incorrect.  What should we do?

If you are certain that your EIN was entered correctly, the IRS may not have your organization listed as a tax-exempt organization.  This may be because your application for tax exemption is pending or you did not apply for tax exemption.  If this is the case, an officer of the organization should contact Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500 (a toll-free number) and ask that the organization be set up to allow filing of the e-Postcard.

Your organization will need to allow six weeks for the IRS to update its records before you can file your e-Postcard. Your organization should not be concerned if this delay causes your filing to occur after your e-Postcard is due because there are no late filing or delinquency penalties associated with the e-Postcard. Note, however that an organization's tax-exempt status is automatically revoked if it does not satisfy its annual filing requirement for three consecutive years.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Apr-2014