Running a Non-Profit Organization, Need more time to report your Exempt Organization taxes, then get an automatic extension for 3 to 6 months simply by E-filing IRS Form 8868,

Effective from January 2011, Form 8868 can be filed electronically to request either the Part I, automatic 3-month extension (6 months for a corporation required to file Form 990-T) or Part II, additional (not automatic) 3-month extension. You can electronically file Form 8868 to request an extension of time to file any of the forms listed in Part I or Part II with the exception of Form 8870, Information Return for Transfers Associated With Certain Personal Benefit Contracts, which must be sent to the IRS in paper format.

NOTE: You cannot use Form 8868 to extend the due date of Form 990-N.

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Purpose of the Form

Form 8868 is used by an exempt organization to request an automatic 3-month extension of time (6 months for a corporation required to file Form 990-T) to file its return and also to apply for an additional (not automatic) 3-month extension if the original 3-month extension was not enough time. You cannot apply for both the automatic 3-month extension and the additional (not automatic) 3-month extension at the same time.

Also, the trustee of a trust required to file Form 1041-A or Form 5227 must use Form 8868 to request an extension of time to file those returns. These instructions apply to such trusts unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

Use Form 8868, Part I to apply for an automatic 3-month extension of time to file an organization’s return, and submit the original form to the IRS electronically only at www.ExtensionTax.com

Part II is used to apply for an additional (not automatic) 3-month extension. Only file the original form with the IRS (no copies needed).

The automatic 3-month extension (6 months for a corporation required to file Form 990-T) will be granted if you properly complete this form, file it, and pay any balance due on line 3c by the due date for the return for which the extension applies. An organization will only be allowed a total extension of 6 months for a return for a tax year.

Where to file Form 8868?

Form 8868 can be filed electronically at www.ExtensionTax.com; preferred to do it manually, still you can prepare Form 8868 with us and print a copy to mail/ file a return.

File a separate Form 8868 for each return for which you are requesting an automatic extension of time to file. This extension will apply only to the specific return checked. It does not extend the time for filing any related returns.

For example, an extension of time for filing a private foundation return will not apply to the return of certain excise taxes on charities (Form 4720).

Also, black lung benefit trusts, their trustees, and any disqualified persons filing Form 990-BL must each file separate Forms 8868.

Exempt Organization Group Returns:

A central organization may apply for an extension of time to file a group return. Complete and check the appropriate box and enter the Group Exemption Number (GEN) after the area titled “Check type of return to be filed.” If the extension is not for all the organizations that are part of the group, you must attach a schedule to Form 8868 showing the name, address, and employer identification number of each organization that is included in this request for an extension.

Interest:

Interest will be charged on any tax not paid by the regular due date of the return from the due date until the tax is paid. It will be charged even if the organization has been granted an extension or has shown reasonable cause for not paying on time.

Late Payment Penalty:


  • Generally, a penalty of 1% of any tax not paid by the due date is charged for each month or part of a month that the tax remains unpaid.
  • The penalty cannot exceed 25% of the amount due.
  • The penalty will not be charged if you can show reasonable cause for not paying on time.
  • Attach a statement to your return fully explaining the reason.
  • Do not attach the statement to Form 8868.

NOTE: If you receive an extension of time to file, you will not be charged a late payment penalty if (a) the tax shown on line 3a or 8a (or the amount of tax paid by the regular due date of the return) is at least 90% of the tax shown on the return, and (b) you pay the balance due shown on the return by the extended due date.

Late Filing Penalty:

A penalty is charged if the return is filed after the due date (including extensions) unless you can show reasonable cause for not filing on time. The penalty is 5% of the tax not paid by the regular due date for each month or part of a month that the return is late, up to a maximum of 25% of the unpaid tax. For an income tax return filed more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty is $100 or the balance of the tax due on the return, whichever is smaller.

Attach a statement to your return fully explaining the reason for not filing on time. Do not attach the statement to Form 8868.

Different late filing penalties apply to information returns. See the specific form instructions for more details.

Part I: Automatic 3-Months Extension:

Only complete Part I if you are applying for an automatic 3-month extension of time (6 months for a corporation required to file Form 990-T) to file the organization’s return.

TIP: The automatic 6-month extension applies only to Form 990-T filed by a corporation.

Part II: Additional [Not Automatic] 3-Months Extension:

Only complete Part II if you are applying for an additional (not automatic) 3-month extension of time to file the organization’s return. If you have not already filed for an automatic 3-month extension (Part I of this form) you may not file for an additional 3-month extension.


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Application for Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return

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