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e-Filing for Charities Now a Reality

WASHINGTON (AFP eWire - April 5, 2004) - After years of work by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the nonprofit sector can finally file its 990/990EZ forms electronically.

On Feb. 23, the IRS began accepting forms 990, 990EZ and 1120POL, in addition to form 8868 to request an automatic extension of time to file. According to the IRS, more than two-thirds of all nonprofit organizations can file electronically now. By late 2004 and 2005, an additional 244,000 organizations will be able to file other types of returns as well.

Electronic filing is expected to dramatically speed processing times and reduce paperwork and errors.

'All of us at AFP applaud the IRS for initiating this program,' said AFP President and CEO Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE. 'This will make filing so much easier, especially once the state requirements are incorporated into the system.'

The IRS is working with the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) to ensure state requirements are incorporated into the new electronic filing system. Thirty-seven state and local governments presently accept the 990/990EZ for tax filing.

To use the new electronic filing system, charities must work with a tax professional who uses IRS-approved software. For a list of approved IRS e-file providers, visit www.irs.gov/efile.

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