SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of charitable and religious organizations in
Washington will lose their nonprofit status next week if they don't turn
in some paperwork to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For larger
groups, filing a "Form 990" with the IRS is nothing new, but Congress
has changed the law to also include smaller groups that raise less than
$25,000 a year in donations.
Sandy Gill, director of Northwest Nonprofit Resources
says nonprofits have had three years to file with the IRS, but some
might not realize they need to do so.
"Organizations like parent-teacher groups, all-volunteer organizations
that really don't have much in terms of gross receipts of money,
probably have never filed before - and prior to recent legislation, they
were not required to."
Gill warns that about 7,600 nonprofit groups in Washington still have
not filed their forms, and the deadline is Monday, May 17. She suggests
people check an online list of nonprofits by state and zip code to see
if their group needs to file. The list is available at www.councilofnonprofits.org
Gill adds that filing is a simple process, particularly for small
groups, and is much easier than having to reapply for tax-exempt status
by missing the Monday deadline.
"The nonprofits need to file a very simple postcard electronically with
the IRS. It asks for things like the legal name of their organization,
other names that it might go by, the mailing address, a website if they
have it - there are actually eight questions they need to answer."
The shorter postcard form is called a "990-N." It is available from
several online sites. More information, including the automatic
revocation process for those that miss the deadline, is also available
on the IRS Website, www.irs.gov