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There is a lot of paperwork to be kept, filed, and shared when you are a nonprofit organization. Receipts, files, reports, and most importantly, your taxes. Yes, the one thing that most groups put off until the last minute may currently be the only topic of conversation as they fight to maintain their tax-exempt status.

There are A LOT of tax-exempt organizations that are on the verge of losing their tax-exempt status. Why? Well, there is always the “didn’t know we had to” story, and then there is the “thought someone else did that” episode, but when it comes down to it, these organizations did “not satisfy annual filing requirements for three consecutive years.”

The IRS is giving these groups one shot at a reprieve before kicking them to the “sorry, we can’t find you on our list of approved tax-exempt organizations” category.


The IRS is providing one-time relief for such organizations that have filing due dates on or after May 17 and before October 15, 2010. The list includes organizations for which the IRS does not have a record of a required annual filing for 2007 and 2008, and whose 2009 return, due on or after May 17 and before October 15, 2010, has not yet been received.

The IRS has compiled a list, and while not complete, is an eye-opener. Make sure your group or favorite one is not listed, and if they are, you might just want to send them a note!

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Additional Information:

Annual Exempt Organization Return: Who Must File

Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations — Form 990-N (e-Postcard)

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