Any organisation that is registered with the IRS as an exempt organization, files Form 8868 to request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file its return.
Form 8868 is the tax extension application used by charities, nonprofit groups, and other tax-exempt organizations to receive an automatic 6-month extension on their Form 990. This form 8868 will automatically grant you the 6 months extension, you don’t have to provide the IRS a valid reason for needing an extension. Simply complete the IRS Form 8868 before the May 15th deadline.
Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF must be filed by the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of your organization’s accounting period. Thus, for a calendar year taxpayer, Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF is due May 15 of the following year.
Use Form 8868 to request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF.
Note: The 990-N due date cannot be extended, but there is no penalty for submitting it late unless it’s the third (and only) year.
What’s New in Form 8868?
There is now an automatic 6-month extension of time to file instead of the previous 3-month automatic extension and subsequent request for an additional 3-month extension. The form and instructions have been revised accordingly.
If an organization has not filed the required Form 990 series for three consecutive years, and if the due date (or extended due date) of the third year’s filing has passed, the tax-exempt status will be revoked to the original filing date. If you have received an approved extension from the IRS for filing your return, and have not filed your return with the IRS for 3 years (including during the approved extension period), please go to Automatic Revocation of Exemption at http://www.irs.gov/charities-nonprofits/automatic-revocation-ofexemption for details on revocation and reinstatement for an exempt organization.
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