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About IRS Form 990

What You Need To Know About IRS Form 990 and Form 990-N

While nonprofits that have 501c3 tax exemption status don’t pay federal taxes, they still have to file their nonprofit’s Form 990 or Form 990-N for nonprofit organizations. Filing this form ensures that nonprofits conduct their charity business in a way that is compliant with their public, nonprofit responsibilities. In addition, this form gives the IRS an overview of your activities throughout the last fiscal year. It also helps donors understand how your nonprofit organization operates and is managed.

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IRS 990 Filing Options

There are five versions of the IRS Nonprofit Form 990: 

  • 990-N, 990-EZ
  • 990 long-form
  • 990-PF for private foundations
  • Form 990-T for organizations with unrelated business income

Our tax compliance team will help you determine which Nonprofit Form 990 is appropriate for your nonprofit’s filing. These forms often require more information than a corporate tax return. The IRS ensures strict scrutiny in governance, structure, procedures, programs, and compliance.

If you have any inquiries about our Form 990 services, we’re here to help! Contact our professional team at BryteBridge Nonprofit Solutions to discuss your IRS Form 990-N filing requirements for this tax year. 

We can also help you organize and maintain your organization’s accounting records on an ongoing basis so we can get the details needed to complete the annual IRS Nonprofit Form 990. Whether you’re a private foundation or a charity-focused business with taxable income, we’re ready to help you prepare your documents professionally and ensure your IRS Form 990-N filing requirements are completed correctly.

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Frequently Asked Form 990 Questions

A. Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the organization’s mission, programs, and finances.

A. Most federally tax-exempt organizations, except churches (unless they claim unrelated business income) and state institutions. Browse the IRS guidelines or chat with us to learn more.

A. IRS Publication 557 – Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization, establishes an 85% of the gross income requirement. This requirement is that the exempt organization must “. . . receive 85% or more of their gross income from their members for the sole purpose of meeting losses and expenses.” This 85% rule applies to ALL exempt organizations, not just 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

A. Yes. An exempt organization must establish an accounting system capable of tracking the source of income and payment of that income. The system should also identify those expenses directly connected to the production of income by source.

The tax rates are the same as those that apply to regular corporations on Form 1120. However, an exempt association files Form 990-T to report unrelated business taxable income.

Most associations, simply by the nature of their operations, will not pay any significant income tax. This is because there is usually no net taxable income resulting from unrelated business activities after allocating expenses. Learn more about unrelated business income tax (UBIT) and your nonprofit when you speak with one of our nonprofit specialists.

There is no one date on which all Forms 990 must be submitted to the IRS. Instead, a nonprofit’s filing date is determined by the end of its fiscal year (the 12-month period for which the organization plans the use of its funds). Your Nonprofit Form 990 and IRS Form 990-N filing requirements are due by the 15th day of the 5th-month after the end of the fiscal year. For example, if the organization’s fiscal year ends on December 31, these are the filing and extension dates:

Form 990 due dates for nonprofit organizations