Extension of Time to File Exempt Organization Returns

Use Form 8868, Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return, to request a 6-month automatic extension of time to file any of the following returns:

  • Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
  • Form 990-BL, Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons
  • Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
  • Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation
  • Form 990-T, Unrelated Business Income Tax Return
  • Form 1041-A, U.S. Information Return - Trust Accumulation of Charitable Amounts
  • Form 4720, Return of Certain Excise Taxes on Charities and Other Persons under Chapter 41 and 42 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Form 5227, Split Interest Trust Information Return
  • Form 6069, Return of Excise Tax on Excess Contributions to Black Lung Benefit Trust under Section 4953 and Computation of Section 192 Deduction
  • Form 8870, Information Return for Transfers Associated with Certain Personal Benefit Contracts

An organization will only be allowed an extension of 6 months for a return for a tax year.

Note that Form 8868 cannot be filed to extend the due date of a Form 990-N.

Extending the time for filing a return does not extend the time for paying tax. To avoid interest and penalties, send the full balance due as soon as possible with Form 8868.

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