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Pay Attention to the Information Reported on Form 990—It Could Alert You to the Fact That Something Is Terribly Wrong

The college admissions cheating scandal is all over the news, and rightfully so. This story involves the rich and famous, some of the most elite universities and colleges in the nation, and a nonprofit organization that allegedly engineered more than 800 bribes and other initiatives to benefit the children of its wealthy “donors.” The scandal involved everything from cheating on college admission tests to bribing athletic departments to giving students sports scholarships that they did not deserve.


IRS Tips for Form 990 Filers

Exactly one month from today, millions of nonprofits will face the filing deadline for their annual information returns, i.e., IRS Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, or 990-PF. With that deadline in mind, we thought it would be a good time to share the IRS’s tips for 990 filers.


De-myth-ifying IRS Form 990


Every day we hear questions and comments about IRS Form 990 from novices and sophisticated users alike. Following are some misperceptions we encounter.


Do You Use GuideStar to Search for Grant Opportunities?

 

Some 70 percent of respondents answer "no." What do the other 30 percent know that they don't?

Looking for grant opportunities for your nonprofit can be a full-time job. Identifying which grantmakers are likely to support your organization's programs is a process as vital as writing the grant proposal itself. For such an important task, you can never have too many tools. One essential, often overlooked resource is the information found on IRS Form 990-PF.


Filing Forms 990 Electronically Becomes a Reality

 

Since 1995, the number of individual taxpayers taking advantage of electronic filing to file their 1040 tax returns has increased as much as 30 percent each year, as people discover the convenience (and faster refunds) of e-filing. In 37 states and the District of Columbia, taxpayers can e-file their federal and state tax returns in one transmission. Yet nonprofit organizations must still mail hard copies of their Forms 990 and state registration to the Internal Revenue Service and state charity officials.


How to Make Your Form 990-PF Work for You

 

If your organization is one of the more than 60,000 private foundations in the country that are required to file a Form 990-PF with the Internal Revenue Service, take note. New regulations went into effect on March 13, 2000, that make this public document easier to access.


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