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Copies of Scanned EO Returns Available

Electronic copies (images) of certain Exempt Organization returns filed with the IRS are available; images of Tax Year 2013 returns are not available until filed in 2014, and early requests will be rejected. The images are available on CD or DVD and in Raw or Alchemy format depending on the type of return, the type of filer and the year the return was filed.  (Images for individual states are only in Alchemy format.) Image files for Forms 990, 990-EZ and 990-PF filed in an individual state in a calendar year are available on a quarterly basis.  Returns filed and imaged in a calendar year for Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T are available on a monthly basis.

Raw Format: CDs/DVDs contain image files in Tag Image File (TIF) format for returns selected for the month or quarter requested.  Related files are associated with each other through a comma-delimited index file. Each submission's index file contains eight index fields (EIN, tax period, taxpayer name, state, ZIP code, type of return, subsection code, and total assets).  This is followed by a list of TIF files belonging to the return.  This format is best for users who intend to process the image files through their own software.

Alchemy Format:  CDs/DVDs contain image files associated in an Alchemy database to simplify visual searching of the tax returns.  All required Alchemy software and installation instructions are provided.  Once the software is installed, users can easily search the returns using any of the eight index fields identified above.  This format is best for users who wish to examine returns visually.

We suggest you order a sample CD/DVD if you are uncertain which format will meet your needs. A sample CD/DVD is available upon request for $15 per format requested.  The sample will contain a set of returns (for example, a group of Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T imaged files  )  Note - A sample CD/DVD is available only for Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T.    See Ordering Information for more information.

There are no refunds or exchanges on CD/DVD orders.

The table below indicates what returns are available and the related charges. Images are available at no cost to members of the media or other government agencies.  Please note that returns are maintained for seven  years and then destroyed.  As such, returns received and imaged in calendar years prior to 2008 are no longer available.

Return(s) Year(s) Available Price for complete set of all returns
filed in a calendar year (provided monthly)
Price for complete set of returns
filed in an individual state
in a calendar year (provided quarterly)
990/990-EZ 2008-2014 $2,300 $100
990-PF 2008-2014 550 90
990-T 2009-2014 60 --

Note: Only section 501(c)(3) organizations that filed Form 990-T and attachments after August 17, 2006, are available for public disclosure. Additional restrictions may apply. Form 8941, when filed as an attachment to Form 990-T, is not disclosed.

Forms 990-T filed only to obtain a telephone excise tax or back-up withholding refund, or only to claim the section 45R credit for small employers purchasing employee health insurance, are not open to public inspection.

The following forms are not available on CD/DVD.

  • Form 5227, Split-Interest Trust Information Return
  • Specific individual organization
  • Form 990-N (e-Postcard).  Forms 990-N can be viewed individually or the entire data base can be downloaded from the IRS website.


Additional Information

Availability of Scanned Returns for Political Organizations

How Do I Order Exempt Organizations Returns?


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 24-Jun-2015