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What is the Deadline for 990-N e-Postcard?

Use the table below to find the due date of the annual deadline for the 990-N e-postcard. A 990-N e-postcard needs to be filed by a tax-exempt organization that makes $50,000 or less. To use the table, you must know when your organization’s tax year ends. Instead of filing an annual return, certain small organizations may file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N (e-Postcard). The due date for Form 990-N is the “initial return due date,” below.

Ending date of the tax year Initial return due date
December 31 May 15
November 30 April 15
October 31 March 15
September 30 February 15
August 31 January 15
July 31 December 15
June 30 November 15
May 31 October 15
April 30 September 15
March 31 August 15
February 28/29 July 15
January 31 June 15

Note: If the due date/deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday, the filer will need to E-file on the next business day.

Determining a tax-exempt organization’s tax year

A tax year is usually 12 consecutive months. There are two kinds of tax years:

  • Calendar Tax Year: This is a period of 12 consecutive months beginning January 1st and ending December 31st; or
  • Fiscal Tax Year: This is a period of 12 consecutive months ending on the last day of any month except December.

Generally, your tax year (or accounting period) can be found in the following documents:

  • Your organization’s by-laws.
  • Your application for federal tax-exempt status (Forms 1023, 1023-EZ, 1024, or 1024 A) or the determination letter you received approving your tax-exempt status.
  • The application, Form SS-4, your organization filed to obtain its Employer Identification Number (EIN).
  • A copy of a prior year’s return, Form 990 or 990-EZ, that you filed with the IRS.

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