The IRS recognizes that many small organizations that have lost their tax-exempt status because they failed to file a Form 990-N e-Postcard for their 2007, 2008, and 2009 taxable years were never required to file an annual return or notice prior to their 2007 taxable year. Contact the Nonprofit Alliance to check the status of your organization or request assistance for the relief from the IRS.
The IRS recognizes that many small organizations are operated by volunteers and may face unique challenges in meeting federal tax obligations. Accordingly, the IRS will treat a small organization (one that normally has annual gross receipts of not more than $50,000 in its most recently completed taxable year) as having established reasonable cause for failing to file a Form 990-N e-Postcard or an annual return for its taxable years beginning in 2007, 2008, and 2009 if it meets each of the following criteria:
The organization was not required to file annual information returns (such as Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax or Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) for taxable years beginning before 2007.
The organization was eligible in each of its taxable years beginning in 2007, 2008, and 2009 to file a Form 990-N e-Postcard (rather than an annual information return). Generally organizations (other than private foundations and most section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations) with annual gross receipts that were normally not more than $25,000 in such taxable years would have been eligible to file a Form 990-N e-Postcard.
On or before December 31, 2012, the organization submits to the IRS a properly completed and executed application for reinstatement of tax-exempt status.
Small organizations that are eligible for the transitional relief described in IRS Notice 2011-43 are also eligible for a reduced user fee of $100 for the application of reinstatement of tax-exempt status.
The IRS will reinstate the tax-exempt status of a small organization that meets the above criteria retroactive to the date it was revoked.