Extensions for Tax-Exempt Organizations: Form 8868

This post was updated in April 2018

Sometimes running a non-profit organization can be hectic. If it looks like your 501(c) tax-exempt organization won’t be able to file its Form 990 in time for the 2018 tax deadline, you can apply for an extension with Form 8868.

The tax deadline for most non-profits is the 15th day of the fifth month after the tax period ends–if your organization runs on a regular calendar-year tax schedule, this means the deadline is May 15th. It’s important that you file IRS form 8868 before this deadline in order to qualify for an extension. You may also use the 8868 for an additional 3 month extension after a previous 3-month extension request.

It’s important to note that the extension provided by Form 8868 only applies to the tax return, not the amount of tax you must pay. If there is any tax you estimate your organization owes the IRS, it’s important to send it in by the original tax deadline (again, May 15th, 2018 in most cases) in order to avoid a penalty.

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