Understanding Your CP255 Notice


What this notice is about

We need information to complete the termination of your private foundation status.

What you need to do

You may want to

Review the termination procedures for Private Foundations in Publication 4779, Facts about Terminating or Merging Your Exempt OrganizationPDF.

Frequently asked questions

Form 990-PF must be filed by:

  • Exempt private foundations (section 6033(a), (b), and (c))
  • Taxable private foundations (section 6033(d))
  • Organizations that agree to private foundation status and their applications for exempt status are pending on the due date for filing
  • Organizations that made an election under section 41(e)(6)
  • Foundations that are making a section 507 termination
  • Section 4947(a)(1) nonexempt charitable trusts treated as private foundations (section 6033(d))

Form 990-PF is due by the 15th day of the 5th month following the close of the foundation's accounting period. For a calendar year taxpayer, Form 990-PF is due on May 15 of the following year. If any due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the foundation can file the return on the next business day.

If you have questions or need help completing the form, please call 877-829-5500. Personal assistance is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT.

Helpful information

Tips for next year

Review the tax-exempt organization resources at Form 990 Resources and Tools for Exempt Organizations.

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