IRS makes Tax Exempt Organization Search primary source to get exempt organization data

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the publicly available data it provides on electronically filed Forms 990 in a machine-readable format will be available solely on the Tax Exempt Organization Search webpage.

Beginning Dec. 31, 2021, the IRS will no longer update the Form 990 Series data on Amazon Web Services. This change is to provide access to public data for organizations with tax-exempt status in one location on on the Charities and Nonprofits webpage.

The Tax Exempt Organization Search Bulk Data Downloads webpage has multiple data sets of information about organizations’ tax-exempt status and filings with instruction on how to download. 

The Form 990 series data set includes XML and individual PDF files of Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax; Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax; and Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation and related schedules. The IRS redacts personally identifiable tax-identification numbers to prevent the data’s misuse.

The Form 990 series returns are the primary tool for IRS to gather information about tax-exempt organizations and promote compliance with tax-law requirements. Organizations also use the Form 990 to share information with the public about their programs. Additionally, most states rely on the Form 990 to perform charitable and other regulatory oversight and to satisfy state income tax filing requirements for organizations claiming exemption from state income tax.

A tax-exempt organization must file an annual information return or notice with the IRS unless an exception applies. Annual information returns include Form 990, Form 990-EZ and Form 990-PF. Form 990-N (e-Postcard) is an annual notice. 

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