Exempt Organizations e-File - e-Postcard


What is the electronic filing requirement for small tax-exempt organizations?

Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations that previously were not required to file returns may be required to submit an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations not Required To File Form 990 or 990-EZ. This filing requirement applies to tax periods beginning after December 31, 2006.  Organizations that fail to meet their annual filing requirement for three consecutive years are subject to losing their tax-exempt status.

Small tax-exempt organizations, whose gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less, are not required to file Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, or Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax. These small tax-exempt organizations are required to file electronically the e-Postcard, Form 990-N, with the IRS annually.  Exceptions to this requirement include organizations that are included in a group return, private foundations required to file Form 990-PF, and section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.  In addition, this filing requirement does not apply to churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches.

See e-Postcard (Form 990-N) for more information about this requirement.