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Copies of EO Returns Available

Some forms are viewable on IRS.gov or from Amazon Web Services. You can also obtain the documents by contacting the organization directly.

Electronic copies (images) of certain returns filed with the IRS by charities and nonprofits are available for purchase from the IRS on USB Thumb Drives or paper. See details below.

Viewing forms on IRS.gov

You may be able to view exempt organization forms free of charge on the IRS website.

You can search for individual Form 990-series returns filed since January 2018 on Tax Exempt Organization Search. This includes Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-N (e-Postcard). Forms 990-T filed by 501(c)(3) organizations are also available.

You may also download bulk data from Tax Exempt Organization Search. This includes:

  • Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (Pub 78 data)
  • Organizations whose federal tax exemption was automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series annual return or notice for three consecutive tax years
  • Organizations filing Form 990-N (e-Postcard)
  • Form 990-series returns filed since January 2018

Returns filed by political organizations are available here. These returns include:

  • Forms 990/990-EZ for section 527 (political) organizations,
  • Form 8871, Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures, and
  • Form 8872, Political Organization Notice of Section 527 Status.

Data from Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Publicly available data on electronically filed Forms 990 is available in a machine-readable format through Amazon Web Services (AWS). The data includes Form 990, Form 990-EZ and Form 990-PF and related schedules, with the exception of certain donor information, from 2012 to the present. There is no cost to obtain this data through AWS. Data from Form 990-N (e-postcard) used by certain smaller exempt organizations is not available with this data.

How to order copies on USB Thumb Drive

  1. Complete Form 4506-A Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt Organization IRS Form (See instructions)
    • All requests must be submitted in writing on Form 4506-A
      (or letterhead for requests from members of the media)
    • File only one Form 4506-A per EIN requested
    • Incomplete request forms will be rejected
  1. Pay the required fee (from the chart below).
    • Make your check or money order payable to "United States Treasury"
    • There are no refunds or exchanges on USB orders
  1. Mail or fax your completed Form 4506-A and the required fee to:

Internal Revenue Service
Mail Stop 6716
Ogden, UT  84201

EEFAX: 855-653-9144

Requests for copies of exempt organization returns are not accepted by telephone.

Information to include on USB Thumb Drive requests

Your request must contain the following information:

  • Name of the requester, including a contact person
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number and extension
  • UPS account number (for overnight delivery, if requested)
  • Raw formats being requested (e.g., "complete set of 2018 USBs for Forms 990-PF"). The year you request will contain returns filed and imaged in that calendar year, regardless of the tax year of the return.

USB Thumb availability and prices

The table below indicates which returns are available on USB Thumb Drives 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.  

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 2012-2018 $2,300 $100
990-PF 2012-2018 $550 $90
990-T 2012-2018 $60 N/A

Note: 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.

Available electronic formats

You can order Raw format, depending on the type of return, the type of filer and the year the return was filed. Specific individual return requests are not available on USB. The USB includes all the individual returns filed each month.

  • 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:  USB thumb drives 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.

Ordering a sample USB

We suggest you order a sample USB if you are uncertain which format will meet your needs. The sample will contain a set of returns (for example, a group of Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T imaged files). A sample USB is available only for Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T. 

  • We may order a sample USB thumb drive if you are uncertain if the data will meet your needs. The sample will contain a set of returns (for example, a group of Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T imaged files). A sample USB thumb drive is available only for Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF and 990-T.
  • To order sample USBs to determine the type of format you need, submit Form 4506-A, plus the required fee, for each sample.
  • The fee for a sample USB is $15 per request.

On lines 5 through 7 of Form 4506-A, indicate “Sample” and the format raw next to the box for the form sample you are requesting.

Returns that aren’t available on USB

The following forms are not available on USB.

  • Form 5227 Split-Interest Trust Information Return
  • Forms 8871 and 8872 filed by a political organization. You can view these on the IRS website
  • Form 990-N (e-Postcard) Use Tax Exempt Organization Search to view Forms 990-N individually or to download the entire database.
  • Specific individual return requests are not available on USB. The USB includes all of the individual returns filed each month.  See the Form 4506-A instructions

How to order paper copies

  1. Complete Form 4506-A Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt Organization IRS Form (See instructions)
    • All requests must be submitted in writing on Form 4506-A
      (or letterhead for requests from members of the media)
    • File only one Form 4506-A per EIN requested
    • Incomplete request forms will be rejected
  1. Mail or fax your completed Form 4506-A to the appropriate IRS office (see "where to file" in the instructions). The mailing address depends on the type of request.

Requests for copies of exempt organization returns are not accepted by telephone.

You may be billed for photocopying costs. See the Form 4506-A instructions for details.

Information to include on your request for paper copies

Your request must contain the following information:

  • Name of the organization that filed the return
  • EIN of the organization
  • Type of return you’re requesting
  • Years you’re requesting
  • Name of the requester, including a contact person
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number and extension
  • UPS account number (for overnight delivery, if requested)

How to request to inspect a document at an IRS office

To request an appointment to inspect a document at an IRS office:

  1. Complete Form 4506-A Request for Public Inspection or Copy of Exempt Organization IRS Form (See instructions)
    • All requests must be submitted in writing on Form 4506-A
      (or letterhead for requests from members of the media)
    • File only one Form 4506-A per EIN requested
    • Incomplete request forms will be rejected
  1. Mail your completed Form 4506-A to the appropriate IRS office (see "where to file" in the instructions). The mailing address depends on the type of request.

Requests for copies of exempt organization returns are not accepted by telephone.

You may inspect available documents at an IRS office free of charge.

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