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Just Checking-Nonprofit Compliance

Just Checking-Nonprofit Compliance

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This checklist was compiled by Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development for informational purposes. The list includes the documents that Illinois nonprofits must file on an annual basis in order to maintain tax exemption. You should consult an attorney or accountant who is well versed in nonprofit organizational matters if you have any questions relating to nonprofit compliance.
This checklist was compiled by Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development for informational purposes. The list includes the documents that Illinois nonprofits must file on an annual basis in order to maintain tax exemption. You should consult an attorney or accountant who is well versed in nonprofit organizational matters if you have any questions relating to nonprofit compliance.

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Just Checking: Nonprofit Compliance
Compiled by Valerie F. Leonard
Did you know that tax exempt organizations are 2 times more likely than tax payers to be late with filing annual returns with the IRS? There are approximately 1.4 million registered organizations in the United States (IRS, October 2, 2014). Of this number, 579,114 registered organizations, or 40%, lost their tax exempt status as a result of not filing Form 990 for three years in a row. Just two years ago, there were approximately 1.2 million nonprofit organizations with about 32% losing their tax exempt status for failing to file Form 990 three years in a row. In contrast, about 85% of individuals and corporations file their income taxes (Form 1040) on time.
It’s that time again. Make sure your organization has completed the necessary filings to
maintain tax exempt status. Be sure to 1) File Annual Reports to the Secretary of State. ALL Not-for-Profit Corporations must file an annual report of officers and directors with the Secretary of State. The due date depends upon when the corporation was formed. The annual report is due before the
first day of the corporation’s anniversary month each year. The
anniversary month is the month in which the corporation was formed. For example, if the date of incorporation was Sept. 15, the anniversary month is September and
 
each annual report is due before the first day of September each year. Forms will be sent to the registered agent approximately 60 days before the due date. Annual Fee: $10.00 Late Fee: $3.00 Failure to file an annual report may result in involuntary dissolution of the corporation. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/annual_reports/cor p_instructions.html 2) Conduct an annual financial audit. 3) Comply with all grant requirements and conduct a separate grant audit if required 4) File (state) Form AG-990-IL (within 5 ½ months of the fiscal year end) Filing Fee: $15.00. Penalty for late filing: $100 (for every late return) http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/ag990-annualreport.pdf  5) File (federal) Form 990 (within 5 ½ months of the fiscal year end) If Form 990 is filed after the due date(including any extensions), and the organization doesn't have reasonable cause for filing late, the Internal Revenue Service will impose a penalty of $20 per day for each day the return is late. (For every return that is filed late) The maximum penalty is $10,000 or 5% of the organization's gross receipts, whichever is less. The penalty increases to $100 per day up to a maximum of $50,000 (For every return that is filed late) for organizations whose gross receipts exceed $1,000,000. Previously, only organizations with revenues above $25,000 were required to file. As of 2008, all nonprofits are required to file Form 990. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f990.pdf  Click here for instructions: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i990.pdf    An organization that fails to file the required information return (Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or Form 990-PF) or e-Postcard (Form 990-N) for three consecutive tax years will automatically lose its tax-
exempt status. The revocation of an organization’s tax
-exempt status will not take place until the filing due date of the third year. For example, if your Form 990 was due on May 15, 2009 (for tax year 2008) and you did not file in 2009, 2010, or by May 15, 2011, your organization probably lost its your tax-exempt status on May 15, 2011. The IRS will not send additional notices once your tax-exempt status is automatically revoked. Organizations on the Automatic Revocation of Exemption List (Auto-Revocation List) previously recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are no longer eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under
Code section 170. Publication of an organization’s name o
n the Auto-Revocation List serves as notice to donors and others that the organization is no longer eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under section 170 and that donors and others may not rely on an IRS determination letter dated before the effective date of revocation. http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=239696,00.html 
 
You can check Publication 78 to ensure that an organization is still eligible to receive tax deductible contributions. For best search results, be sure to enter the exact legal name of the organization. You can also conduct an online search at http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=240099,00.html 6) Ensure information regarding the registered agent is current and accurate. Complete NFP 105.10/105.20if there are any changes. http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/nfp10510.pdf  If the changes came about as a result of a resignation of the registered agent, complete Form BCA-5.15 NFP 105.15 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/nfp10515.pdf  7) File quarterly Form 941 (federal employment tax withholding) Penalties. For each whole or part month a return is not filed when required (disregarding any extensions of the filing deadline), there is a penalty of 5% of the unpaid tax due with that return. The maximum penalty is 25% of the tax due. Also, for each whole or part month the tax is paid late (disregarding any extensions of the payment deadline), a penalty of 0.5% per month of the amount of tax generally applies. This penalty is 0.25% per month if an installment agreement is in effect. You must have filed your return on or before the due date of the return to qualify for the reduced penalty. The maximum for this penalty is also 25%. The penalties will not be charged if you have a reasonable cause for failing to file or pay. Use of a reporting agent or other third-party payroll service provider does not relieve an employer of the responsibility to ensure that tax returns are filed and all taxes are paid or deposited correctly and on time. Download Form 941 here:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f941.pdf  Download instructions here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i941.pdf   File quarterly IL-941 or annual IL 941A (State of Illinois employment tax withholding) See Publication 103 Penalties and Interest for Illinois Taxes for further details. Contact the Illinois Department of Revenue for further information. 8)
If you didn’t do so at the time of incorporation, make sure your organization is registered with the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office Charitable Trust
the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office, if your organization is less than 1 year
old http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/co-2form.pdf .  This checklist has been developed for informational purposes only and is not construed to be professional advice. It is strongly advised that you consult an attorney and accountant who are well-versed in matters of nonprofit organizations and taxes.

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