Treasury Announces Filing Extensions for Exempt Organizations

By Garrett M. Higgins, CPA, Partner and Eva Mruk, EA, Director

In a Press Release (IR-2020-66), issued on April 9, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Public Affairs, announced relief for tax-exempt organizations as follows:

Tax returns and payments for tax-exempt organizations and fiscal year businesses due between April and June are postponed until July 15, 2020.

In Notice 2020-23, released on April 9, 2020, the notice expands relief to additional returns and tax payments. In general, extensions now apply to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020.

This relief covers the following returns:

  • Exempt organization informational returns, including all Form 990-series returns (Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax; Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax; and Form 990-N e-postcard);
  • Excise tax payments on investment income and return filings on Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation or §4947(a)(1), Trust Treated as Private Foundation;
  • Excise tax payments and return filings on Form 4720, Return of Certain Excise Taxes under Chapters 41 and 42 of the Code; and
  • Quarterly estimated income tax payments calculated on or submitted with Form 990-W, Estimated Tax on Unrelated Business Taxable Income for Tax-Exempt Organizations.

This relief is automatic and impacted exempt organizations need not take any further action to take advantage of this relief.

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