IRS Extends Filing Deadline For 2019 Form 990

As expected, the IRS has officially extended the filing deadline for 2019 Form 990.

We’ll quote the IRS’s Exempt Organization Update email newsletter from earlier this week:

Last month, the IRS announced that certain taxpayers generally have until July 15, 2020 to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15.  The IRS has extended this relief to additional returns, tax payments and other actions. As a result, the extensions generally now apply to all taxpayers that have a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. The extensions apply to many forms and tax payments made by tax-exempt organizations, including:

    • Form 990-series annual information returns or notices (Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF, 990-BL, 990-N (e-postcard))
    • Forms 8871 and 8872
    • Form 5227
    • Form 990-T
    • Form 1120-POL
    • Form 4720
    • Form 8976

This is certainly welcome news for charities and nonprofits.

What isn’t explicitly mentioned in that email notice is the matter of extensions.  Normally, timely filed extensions for Form 990 (Form 8868) push the return’s due date forward 6 months.  For calendar year nonprofits with a normal due date of May 15, extensions automatically move the deadline to November 15.  This year, even though the original due date is now July 15 for the 2019 return, extensions filed will still push the final due date only to November 15, not past it.

So, you’ve got a little more time this year.  Don’t procrastinate, though.  Time will zip by and you won’t have it done.  Breathe a little easier, but go ahead and get on it.

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