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How to File the Form 990 Extension – Form 8868

May 15th is fast upon us and with that we get a lot of calls asking us how to file an extension for the 990 series of informational returns from our website. Unfortunately we do not offer that service at this time but here is some information that will hopefully get your organization through the process.

File by Mail

Download and fill in the Form 8868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return from the IRS website and mail it to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Ogden, UT 84201-0045

File Electronically (Preferred)

You can have your accountant file the form for your organization electronically through their software package.


You can choose one of the IRS Exempt Organizations Modernized e-File Providers

Typically the e-File websites are quite straight forward and only ask you a few questions about your organization and contact information.  Also, most are free or at a low cost to your organization depending on your revenue.

Once you have secured your organizations extension approval for the Form 990 then you can come back to our website and preview the state specific instructions for the charity registration renewal or annual update forms.   Most states do require you to individually file an extension of time request with their state charity office if your organization will also require more time to file your renewals/updates with them.

Here is a link to our previous blog: State Charity Renewal Due Dates

Please contact us with any comments, questions or concerns at (800) 780-6027 or



Charity Resources – Who Should I Call? FAQ’s?

Looking for some help with your nonprofit? Almost all states have an association devoted to nonprofit assistance no matter where your organization is in its lifecycle. Whether you just need a form or something more complex they will most likely have the answer. Most state associations offer online training, research and local events that you can attend to get more familiar with your fellow non-profiteer!

State Association Link
Alabama Alabama Association of Nonprofits
Alaska The Foraker Group
Arizona * Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Arkansas Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance
California California Association of Nonprofits
Colorado Colorado Association of Nonprofits
Connecticut CT Community Nonprofit Alliance
Delaware * Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
District of Columbia Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Florida Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Hawaii Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations
Idaho * Idaho Nonprofit Center
Illinois Forefront
Indiana * Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Iowa* Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
Kentucky Kentucky Nonprofit Network
Louisiana Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Maine Maine Association of Nonprofit
Maryland Maryland Nonprofits
Massachusetts Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Providers’ Council
Michigan Michigan Nonprofit Association
Minnesota Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Mississippi Mississippi Center for Nonprofits
Missouri Nonprofit Connect
Nonprofit Missouri
Montana  * Montana Nonprofit Association
Nebraska  * Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
Nevada Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits
New Hampshire NH Center for Nonprofits
New Jersey Center for Nonprofits
New Mexico
New York New York Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
North Carolina North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
North Dakota North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Ohio Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies
Oklahoma Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Oregon The Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Rhode Island
South Carolina Together SC
South Dakota *
Texas * Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Utah Utah Nonprofit Association
Vermont  * Common Good Vermont
Washington Washington Nonprofits
West Virginia West Virginia Nonprofit Association
Wisconsin Wisconsin Nonprofits
Wyoming * Wyoming Nonprofit Network
* States that do not have charitable registration requirements as of 9/1/2016.

Most states encourage out of state nonprofits to join their membership or offer free resources so if your state nonprofit association can not answer your question another may have whole libraries full of information for you!!

If you have a great resource and want to share it with us or other nonprofits please send us the information or link and we will post it in a future blog.

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