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

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