IRS Form 8868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return

- Updated Jun 15, 2020 - 8.00 AM - Admin, ExpressExtension

Nonprofits must file Form 990 annually with the IRS before the 15th day of the 5th month. In case you need more time to file your 990 tax return, you can use Form 8868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return, and get an automatic extension period of 6 months.

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What is the purpose of IRS Form 8868?

The purpose of Form 8868 is to request an automatic extension period of 6 months by nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations to file their information return. Also, the trustee of a trust who is required to file Form 1041-A or Form 5227 can use Form 8868 to request an extension of time to file those returns.

Who can file Form 8868?

The deadline to file Form 8868 is due by May 17, 2021, for the 2020 tax year.

How to Complete Form 8868?

Here is the step by step instructions to complete Form 8868

The first steps in filling out the form require some basic information about the organization

Name of exempt organization or another filer

The name of the filing organization (exempt or nonexempt) must be entered.

Number, street, and room or suite no

Enter the suite, room, or another unit number after the street address against the address line. If the organization has a P.O. Box number, then it can be entered in the line instead of the street number.

In case a third party (such as an accountant or an attorney) receives the mail(s) on behalf of your organization, then enter “C/O” followed by the third party’s name and street address or P.O. box.

City, town or post office, state, and ZIP code

Enter the address of the organization. In case of a foreign address, enter the information in the following order: City, province or state, and Country(along with the postal code) in the line.

Note - If your organization's mailing address has changed since the last time it filed a return, use Form 8822, Change of Address to notify the IRS about the address change. This procedure is necessary as filing Form 8868 with the new address will not update the information with the IRS records.

Return Code

The next step is to enter the Return Code of the Application for which your organization needs to file a Form 8868 extension form. For instance, if your organization needs an extension time to file its Form 1041-A, then you must enter 08 as the Return Code.

Note - The Return Code varies based on the type of form filed by the organization.

Taxpayer identification number (TIN)

Every organization will have a unique TIN number. If filing as an exempt organization (corporations, private foundations, and trusts) enter your taxpayer identification number.

Line 1

This line requires the following information:

  • The period until which the organization needs a 6-month extension.
  • Tax year(Fiscal or Calendar) followed by the organization.

Note - The date that is entered on line 1 cannot be later than 6 months from the original due date of the return

Line 2

The response made by the organization regarding the tax year in line 1 will reflect in line 2 of the Form. Check the appropriate box(s) in line 2. If you checked the box, Change in accounting period, make sure the organization have applied for approval to change its tax year unless certain conditions have been met

Line 3a and 3b

Before starting with lines 3a and 3b, the organization must check the return to be filed and its instructions to estimate the amount of tentative tax reduced by any nonrefundable credits.

  • If filing Forms 990-BL, 990-PF, 990-T, 4720, or 6069, enter the tentative tax reduced by any nonrefundable credits in line 3a
  • If filing Forms 990-PF, 990-T, 4720, or 6069, enter the tentative tax reduced by any nonrefundable credits in line 3b

Note - If you expect this amount to be zero, enter -0- in lines 3a and 3b.

Line 3c (Balance Due)

Subtract line 3b from line 3a and enter the amount (balance due) in line 3c.

To avoid interest and penalties, send the full balance due amount by the original due date of the return by using EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System).

How to file Form 8868?

Filing Form 8868 can be done electronically or by sending the application in paper format

With ExpressExtension, you can e-file your Form 8868 instantly and the form gets transmitted to the IRS safely through our secure e-filing network authorized by the IRS.

If you choose to file by paper instead of e-filing, complete the form and send it to:

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Department of the Treasury,
Internal Revenue Service Center,
Ogden, UT 84201-0045.

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E-filing Form 8868 can be done with ExpressExtension with a few simple steps:

  • EStep 1: Enter your organization details
  • Step 2: Choose the appropriate IRS form which you’re applying for an extension
  • Step 3: Choose the organization's tax year
  • Step 4: Review your return and fix errors, if any
  • Step 5: Pay and e-file 8868 to the IRS

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