In March 2002, GuideStar hosted a survey written by the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute (NCCS) on nonprofit attitudes toward filing IRS Form 990 electronically. Some 387 nonprofit managers and board members took it, and the results mirror those of an official NCCS survey of a random sample of 485 nonprofit financial executives. The vast majority of respondents to the GuideStar-hosted survey said that they would try e-filing themselves or recommend it to their CPAs. This is big news, coming on top of recent IRS hints that e-filing will be offered in 2004 for submitting returns for fiscal year 2003.
With so many nonprofits on board to try e-filing, what are the implications for the nonprofit sector?
- More accurate and more timely nonprofit information will be available to the public.
- Nonprofit transparency will increase, leading to increased public trust in the nonprofit sector.
- The process of preparing and filing the 990s will be more efficient, reducing the paperwork burden for nonprofits and charity officials alike.
- More about the GuideStar-hosted survey
- More about the official NCCS survey
- More about the e-filing project
The preceding is a guest post by Zina Poletz, a research associate with the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics in Washington, D.C.