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H&r block free 2. H&r block free   Filing Requirements and Required Disclosures Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Annual Information ReturnsSupporting Organization Annual Information Return Unrelated Business Income Tax ReturnEstimated tax. H&r block free Employment Tax ReturnsException. H&r block free FUTA tax exception. H&r block free FICA tax exemption election. H&r block free Revoking the election. H&r block free Definitions. H&r block free Effect on employees. H&r block free Political Organization Income Tax ReturnExempt function. H&r block free Political organization taxable income. H&r block free Separate fund. H&r block free Failure to file. H&r block free Failure to pay on time. H&r block free Reporting Requirements for a Political OrganizationForm 8871 Form 8872 Donee Information ReturnCharitable deduction property. H&r block free Publicly traded securities. H&r block free Exceptions. H&r block free Form 8283. H&r block free Information Provided to DonorsDisclosure of Quid Pro Quo Contributions Acknowledgment of Charitable Contributions of $250 or More Acknowledgment of Vehicle Contribution Qualified Intellectual Property Report of Cash Received Public Inspection of Exemption Applications, Annual Returns, and Political Organization Reporting FormsAnnual Information Return Public Inspection of Exemption Application Political Organization Reporting Forms Required DisclosuresSolicitation of Nondeductible Contributions Sales of Information or Services Available Free From Government Dues Used for Lobbying or Political Activities Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions Miscellaneous RulesOrganizational Changes and Exempt Status Introduction Most exempt organizations (including private foundations) must file various returns and reports at some time during (or following the close of) their accounting period. H&r block free Topics - This chapter discusses: Annual information returns Unrelated business income tax return Employment tax returns Political organization income tax return Reporting requirements for a political organization Donee information return Information provided to donors Report of cash received Public inspection of exemption applications, annual returns, and political organizations reporting forms Required disclosures Miscellaneous rules Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 15 Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide 15-A Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide 15-B Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits 598 Tax on Unrelated Business Income of Exempt Organizations Form (and Instructions) 941 Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax 990-EZ Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Public Charity Status and Public Support Schedule B (Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF) Schedule of Contributors Schedule C (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Political Campaign and Lobbying Activities Schedule D (Form 990) Supplemental Financial Statements Schedule E (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Schools Schedule F (Form 990) Statement of Activities Outside the United States Schedule G (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Supplemental Information Regarding Fundraising or Gaming Activities Schedule H (Form 990) Hospitals Schedule I (Form 990) Grants and Other Assistance to Organizations, Governments, and Individuals in the United States Schedule J (Form 990) Compensation Information Schedule K (Form 990) Supplemental Information on Tax-Exempt Bonds Schedule L (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Transactions With Interested Persons Schedule M (Form 990) Noncash Contributions Schedule N (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Liquidation, Termination, Dissolution, or Significant Disposition of Assets Schedule O (Form 990 or 990-EZ) Supplemental Information to Form 990 Schedule R (Form 990) Related Organizations and Unrelated Partnerships 990-PF Return of Private Foundation or Section 4947(a)(1) Nonexempt Charitable Trust Treated as a Private Foundation 990-BL Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons 990-T Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return 990-W Estimated Tax on Unrelated Business Taxable Income for Tax-Exempt Organizations 1120-POL U. 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H&r block free Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations 4720 Return of Certain Excise Taxes Under Chapters 41 and 42 of the Internal Revenue Code 5768 Election/Revocation of Election by an Eligible Section 501(c)(3) Organization To Make Expenditures To Influence Legislation 6069 Return of Excise Tax on Excess Contributions to Black Lung Benefit Trust Under Section 4953 and Computation of Section 192 Deduction 7004 Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Business Income Tax, Information, and Other Returns 8274 Certification by Churches and Qualified Church-Controlled Organizations Electing Exemption from Employer Social Security and Medicare Taxes 8282 Donee Information Return 8300 Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business 8453-X Political Organization Declaration for Electronic Filing of Notice of Section 527 Status 8822-B Change of Address-Business 8868 Application for Extension of Time to File an Exempt Organization Return 8870 Information Return for Transfers Associated with Certain Personal Benefits Contracts 8871 Political Organization Notice of Section 527 Status 8872 Political Organization Report of Contributions and Expenditures 8886-T Disclosure by Tax-Exempt Entity Regarding Prohibited Tax Shelter Transaction 8899 Notice of Income from Donated Intellectual Property 8940 Request for Miscellaneous Determination See chapter 6 for information about getting these publications and forms. H&r block free Annual Information Returns Every organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) must file an Annual Exempt Organization Return except: A church, an interchurch organization of local units of a church, a convention or association of churches, An integrated auxiliary of a church, A church-affiliated organization that is exclusively engaged in managing funds or maintaining retirement programs, A school below college level affiliated with a church or operated by a religious order, Church-affiliated mission societies if more than half of their activities are conducted in, or are directed at persons in, foreign countries, An exclusively religious activity of any religious order, A state institution, the income of which is excluded from gross income under section 115, A corporation described in section 501(c)(1) that is organized under an Act of Congress, an instrumentality of the United States, and is exempt from Federal income taxes, A stock bonus, pension, or profit-sharing trust that qualifies under section 401 (required to file Form 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan), A religious or apostolic organization described in section 501(d) (required to file Form 1065, U. H&r block free S. H&r block free Return of Partnership Income), A governmental unit or an affiliate of a governmental unit that meets the requirements of Revenue Procedure 95-48, 1995-2 C. H&r block free B. H&r block free 418, www. H&r block free irs. H&r block free gov/pub/irs-tege/rp1995-48. H&r block free pdf, A private foundation described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt under section 501(a) (required to file Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation), A political organization that is a state or local committee of a political party, a political committee of a state or local candidate, a caucus or association of state or local officials, or required to report under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 as a political committee, An exempt organization (other than a private foundation) that normally has annual gross receipts of $50,000 or less, or A foreign organization, or an organization located in a U. H&r block free S. H&r block free possession, that normally has annual gross receipts from sources within the United States of $50,000 or less. H&r block free Supporting Organization Annual Information Return For tax years ending after August 17, 2006, all section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations are required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ with the IRS regardless of the organization's gross receipts, unless it qualifies as one of the following: An integrated auxiliary of a church; The exclusively religious activities of a religious order; or An organization, the gross receipts of which are normally not more than $5,000, that supports a section 509(a)(3) religious order. H&r block free If the organization is described in item (3) above, then it must submit Form 990-N (e-Postcard) unless it voluntarily files Form 990 or 990-EZ. H&r block free On its annual information return, at Part I, Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) a supporting organization must: List the section 509(a)(3) organizations to which it provides support, Indicate whether it is a Type I, Type II, or Type III supporting organization, and Certify that the organization is not controlled directly or indirectly by disqualified persons (other than by foundation managers and other than one or more publicly supported organizations). H&r block free Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Tax-Exempt Organizations Small tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts normally $50,000 or less must submit Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or 990-EZ, with the IRS each year, if they choose not to file a Form 990 or 990-EZ. H&r block free Form 990-N requires the following information: The organization's legal name, and mailing address; Any name under which it operates and does business; Its Internet website address (if any); Its taxpayer identification number; The name and address of a principal officer; Organization's annual tax period; Verification that the organization's annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less; and Notification if the organization has terminated. H&r block free Form 990-N is due by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of the tax year. H&r block free For tax years beginning after December 31, 2006, any organization that fails to meet its annual reporting requirement for 3 consecutive years will automatically lose its tax-exempt status. H&r block free To regain its exempt status an organization will have to reapply for recognition as a tax-exempt organization. H&r block free Exceptions. H&r block free   This filing requirement does not apply to: Churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches; Organizations that are included in a group return; Private foundations required to file Form 990-PF; and Section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ. H&r block free Forms 990 and 990-EZ Exempt organizations, other than private foundations, must file their annual information returns on Form 990 or 990-EZ, unless excepted from filing or allowed to submit Form 990-N, described earlier. H&r block free Generally, political organizations with gross receipts of $25,000 ($100,000 for a qualified state or local political organization (QSLPO)) or more for the tax year are required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ unless specifically excepted from filing the annual return. H&r block free The following political organizations are not required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ. H&r block free A state or local committee of a political party. H&r block free A political committee of a state or local candidate. H&r block free A caucus or association of state or local officials. H&r block free A political organization that is required to report as a political committee under the Federal Election Campaign Act. H&r block free A 501(c) organization that has expenditures for influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual for a federal, state, or local public office. H&r block free Form 990-EZ. H&r block free   This is a shortened version of Form 990. H&r block free It is designed for use by small exempt organizations and nonexempt charitable trusts. H&r block free   Beginning in tax year 2010, an organization can file either Form 990 or 990-EZ if it meets the following: Its gross receipts during the year are less than $200,000. H&r block free Its total assets (line 25, column (B) of Form 990-EZ) at the end of the year are less than $500,000. H&r block free If your organization does not meet either of these conditions, you cannot file Form 990-EZ. H&r block free Instead you must file Form 990. H&r block free Group return. H&r block free   A group return on Form 990 may be filed by a central, parent, or like organization for two or more local organizations, none of which is a private foundation. H&r block free This return is in addition to the central organization's separate annual return if it must file a return. H&r block free It cannot be included in the group return. H&r block free See the instructions for Form 990 for the conditions under which this procedure may be used. H&r block free    In any year that an organization is properly included as a subordinate organization on a group return, it should not file its own Form 990. H&r block free Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ). H&r block free   Organizations, other than private foundations, that are described in section 501(c)(3) and that are otherwise required to file Form 990 or 990-EZ must also complete Schedule A of that form. H&r block free Schedule B (Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or 990-PF). H&r block free   Organizations that file Form 990 or 990-EZ use this schedule to provide required information regarding their contributors. H&r block free Schedule O (Form 990). H&r block free   Organizations that file Form 990 must use this schedule to provide required additional information or if additional space is needed. H&r block free   Other schedules may be required to be filed with Form 990 or 990-EZ. H&r block free See the instructions for Form 990 or the instructions for Form 990-EZ for more information. H&r block free Report significant new or changed program services and changes to organizational documents. H&r block free    An organization should report new significant program services or significant changes in how it conducts program services, and significant changes to its organizational documents, on its Form 990 rather than in a letter to EO Determinations. H&r block free EO Determinations no longer issues letters confirming the tax-exempt status of organizations that report new services or significant changes, or changes to organizational documents. H&r block free See Miscellaneous Rules, Organization Changes and Exempt Status, later. H&r block free Form 990-PF All private foundations exempt under section 501(c)(3) must file Form 990-PF. H&r block free These organizations are discussed in chapter 3. H&r block free Electronic Filing You may be required to file Form 990, Form 990-EZ, or Form 990-PF, and related forms, schedules, and attachments electronically. H&r block free If an organization is required to file a return electronically but does not, the organization is considered to have not filed its return. H&r block free See Regulations section 301. H&r block free 6033-4 for more information. H&r block free The IRS may waive the requirement to file electronically in cases of undue hardship. H&r block free For information on filing a waiver, see Notice 2010-13, 2010-4 I. H&r block free R. H&r block free B. H&r block free 327, available at www. H&r block free irs. H&r block free gov/ir/2010-04_IRSB/ar14. H&r block free html. H&r block free Form 990. H&r block free   An organization is required to file Form 990 electronically if it files at least 250 returns during the calendar year and has total assets of $10 million or more at the end of the tax year. H&r block free Form 990-PF. H&r block free   An organization is required to file Form 990-PF electronically if it files at least 250 returns during the calendar year. H&r block free Due Date Forms 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF must be filed by the 15th day of the fifth month after the end of your organization's accounting period. H&r block free Thus, for a calendar year taxpayer, Forms 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF is due May 15 of the following year. H&r block free Extension of time to file. H&r block free   Use Form 8868 to request an automatic 3-month extension of time to file Forms 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF and also to apply for an additional (not automatic) 3-month extension if needed. H&r block free   Do not apply for both the automatic 3-month extension and the additional 3-month extension at the same time. H&r block free For more information, see Form 8868 and its instructions. H&r block free   When filing Form 8868 for an automatic 3-month extension, neither a signature, nor an explanation is required. H&r block free However, when filing Form 8868 for an additional 3-month extension, both a signature and an explanation are required. H&r block free Application for exemption pending. H&r block free   An organization that claims to be exempt under section 501(a) but has not established its exempt status by the due date for filing an information return must complete and file Form 990, 990-EZ, 990–N or 990-PF (if it considers itself a private foundation), unless the organization is exempt from Form 990-series filing requirements. H&r block free If the organization's application is pending with the IRS, it must so indicate on Forms 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF (whichever applies) by checking the application pending block at the top of page 1 of the return. H&r block free For more information on the filing requirements, see the Instructions for Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF. H&r block free State reporting requirements. H&r block free   Copies of Forms 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF may be used to satisfy state reporting requirements. H&r block free See the instructions for those forms. H&r block free Form 8870. H&r block free   Organizations that filed a Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF, and paid premiums or received transfers on certain life insurance, annuity, and endowment contracts (personal benefit contracts), must file Form 8870. H&r block free For more information, see Form 8870 and the instructions for that form. H&r block free Automatic Revocation If the organization fails to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF, or fails to submit a Form 990-N, as required, for 3 consecutive years, it will automatically lose its tax-exempt status by operation of law. H&r block free The list of organizations whose tax-exempt status has been automatically revoked is available on IRS. H&r block free gov. H&r block free This list (Auto-Revocation List) may be viewed and searched on Exempt Organizations Select Check. H&r block free The Auto-Revocation List includes each organization's name, Employer Identification Number (EIN) and last known address. H&r block free It also includes the effective date of the automatic revocation and the date it was posted to the list. H&r block free The IRS updates the list monthly to include additional organizations that lose their tax-exempt status. H&r block free Tax Effect of Loss of Tax-Exempt Status If your organization’s tax-exempt status is automatically revoked, you may be required to file one of the following federal income tax returns and pay any applicable income taxes: Form 1120, U. H&r block free S. H&r block free Corporation Income Tax Return, due by the 15th day of the 3rd month after the end of your organization’s tax year, or Form 1041, U. H&r block free S. H&r block free Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts, due by the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of your organization’s tax year. H&r block free In addition, a section 501(c)(3) organization that loses its tax-exempt status cannot receive tax-deductible contributions and will not be identified in the IRS Business Master File extract as eligible to received tax-deductible contributions, or be included in Exempt Organizations Select Check (Pub 78 database). H&r block free An organization whose exemption was automatically revoked must apply for tax exemption in order to regain its tax exemption (even if it was not originally required to apply). H&r block free In some situations, an organization may be able to obtain exemption retroactive to its date of revocation. H&r block free For more information about automatic revocation, go to IRS. H&r block free gov and select Charities & Non-Profits and then select Revoked? Reinstated? Learn More. H&r block free Penalties Penalties for failure to file. H&r block free   Generally, an exempt organization that fails to file a required return must pay a penalty of $20 a day for each day the failure continues. H&r block free The same penalty will apply if the organization does not give all the information required on the return or does not give the correct information. H&r block free Maximum penalty. H&r block free   The maximum penalty for any one return is the smaller of $10,000 or 5% of the organization's gross receipts for the year. H&r block free Organization with gross receipts over $1 million. H&r block free   For an organization that has gross receipts of over $1 million for the year, the penalty is $100 a day up to a maximum of $50,000. H&r block free Managers. H&r block free   If the organization is subject to this penalty, the IRS may specify a date by which the return or correct information must be supplied by the organization. H&r block free Failure to comply with this demand will result in a penalty imposed upon the manager of the organization, or upon any other person responsible for filing a correct return. H&r block free The penalty is $10 a day for each day that a return is not filed after the period given for filing. H&r block free The maximum penalty imposed on all persons with respect to any one return is $5,000. H&r block free Exception for reasonable cause. H&r block free   No penalty will be imposed if reasonable cause for failure to file timely can be shown. H&r block free Unrelated Business Income Tax Return Even though your organization is recognized as tax exempt, it still may be liable for tax on its unrelated business income. H&r block free Unrelated business income is income from a trade or business, regularly carried on, that is not substantially related to the charitable, educational, or other purpose that is the basis for the organization's exemption. H&r block free If your organization has $1,000 or more of unrelated business income, you must file Form 990-T in addition to your required annual information return. H&r block free Estimated tax. H&r block free   Quarterly estimated tax payments are due if your organization expects to owe $500 or more in tax including unrelated business income. H&r block free Use Form 990-W to figure your organization's estimated tax payments. H&r block free Travel tour programs. H&r block free   Travel tour activities that are a trade or business are an unrelated trade or business if the activities are not substantially related to the purpose to which tax exemption was granted to the organization. H&r block free   Whether travel tour activities conducted by an organization are substantially related to the organization's tax exempt purpose is determined by looking at all the relevant facts and circumstances, including, but not limited to, how a travel tour is developed, promoted, and operated. H&r block free Example. H&r block free ABC, a university alumni association, is tax exempt as an educational organization under section 501(c)(3). H&r block free As part of its activities, ABC operates a travel tour program. H&r block free The program is open to all current members of ABC and their guests. H&r block free ABC works with travel agents to schedule approximately ten tours annually to various destinations around the world. H&r block free Members of ABC pay $1,000 to XYZ Travel Agency to participate in a tour. H&r block free XYZ pays ABC a per person fee for each participant. H&r block free Although the literature advertising the tours encourages ABC members to continue their lifelong learning by joining the tours, and a faculty member of ABC's related university frequently joins the tour as a guest of the alumni association, none of the tours include any scheduled instruction or curriculum related to the destinations being visited. H&r block free The travel tours made available to ABC's members do not contribute importantly to the accomplishment of ABC's educational purpose. H&r block free Rather, ABC's program is designed to generate revenues for ABC by regularly offering its members travel services. H&r block free Therefore, ABC's tour program is an unrelated trade or business. H&r block free For additional information on unrelated business income, see Publication 598 and the Instructions for Form 990-T. H&r block free Employment Tax Returns Every employer, including an organization exempt from federal income tax, who pays wages to employees is responsible for withholding, depositing, paying, and reporting federal income tax, social security and Medicare (FICA) taxes, and federal unemployment tax (FUTA), unless that employer is specifically excepted by law from those requirements, or if the taxes clearly do not apply. H&r block free For more information, obtain a copy of Publication 15, which summarizes the responsibilities of an employer, Publication 15-A, Publication 15-B, and Form 941. H&r block free Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. H&r block free   If your small tax-exempt organization provides health care coverage for your workers you may qualify for the small business health care tax credit. H&r block free Go to IRS. H&r block free gov and select Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for more details. H&r block free See Small Business Health Care Tax Credit at www. H&r block free irs. H&r block free gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=223666,00. H&r block free html. H&r block free Expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit Available for Hiring Qualified Veterans. H&r block free   The VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 made changes to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). H&r block free The Act added two new categories to the existing qualified veteran targeted group and made the WOTC available to certain tax-exempt employers as a credit against the employer's share of social security tax. H&r block free The Act allows employers to claim the WOTC for veterans certified as qualified veterans and who begin work before January 1, 2013. H&r block free This tax credit was extended through December 31, 2013, under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, passed on January 1, 2013. H&r block free   The credit can be as high as $6,240 for qualified tax-exempt organizations. H&r block free The amount of the credit depends on a number of factors, including the length of the veteran’s unemployment before hire, the number of hours the veteran works, and the veteran’s first-year wages. H&r block free The amount of the credit for qualified tax-exempt organizations may not exceed the organization's employer social security tax for the period for which the credit is claimed. H&r block free   All employers must obtain certification that an individual is a member of the targeted group, before the employer may claim the credit. H&r block free The process for certifying veterans for this credit is the same for all employers. H&r block free For more information, see Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit and the instructions to Form 8850. H&r block free Notice 2012-13, 2012-9 I. H&r block free R. H&r block free B. H&r block free 421, also provides additional guidance on submission Form 8850. H&r block free   Organizations described in section 501(c) and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) may claim the credit for qualified veterans who begin work on or after Nov. H&r block free 22, 2011, and before January 1, 2013. H&r block free After the required certification is secured, tax-exempt employers claim the credit against the employer social security tax by separately filing Form 5884-C, Work Opportunity Credit for Qualified Tax-Exempt Organizations Hiring Qualified Veterans, Form 5884-C. H&r block free File Form 5884-C after filing the related employment tax return for the employment tax period for which the credit is claimed. H&r block free It is recommended that qualified tax-exempt employers do not reduce their required deposits in anticipation of any credit as the forms are processed separately. H&r block free In addition to Form 5884-C and its instructions, tax-exempt employers should see Notice 2012-13 and the Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for more details for claiming the credit. H&r block free Trust fund recovery penalty. H&r block free   If any person required to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over any of these taxes willfully fails to satisfy any of these requirements or willfully tries in any way to evade or defeat any of them, that person will be subject to a penalty. H&r block free The penalty is equal to the tax evaded, not collected, or not accounted for and paid over. H&r block free The term person includes: An officer or employee of a corporation, or A member or employee of a partnership. H&r block free Exception. H&r block free   The penalty is not imposed on any unpaid volunteer director or member of a board of trustees of an exempt organization if the unpaid volunteer serves solely in an honorary capacity, does not participate in the day-to-day or financial operations of the organization, and does not have actual knowledge of the failure on which the penalty is imposed. H&r block free   This exception does not apply if it results in no one being liable for the penalty. H&r block free FICA and FUTA tax exceptions. H&r block free   Payments for services performed by a minister of a church in the exercise of the ministry, or a member of a religious order performing duties required by the order, are generally not subject to FICA or FUTA taxes. H&r block free FUTA tax exception. H&r block free   Payments for services performed by an employee of a religious, charitable, educational, or other organization described in section 501(c)(3) that are generally subject to FICA taxes if the payments are $100 or more for the year, are not subject to FUTA taxes. H&r block free FICA tax exemption election. H&r block free   Churches and qualified church-controlled organizations can elect exemption from employer FICA taxes by filing Form 8274. H&r block free   To elect the exemption, Form 8274 must be filed before the first date on which a quarterly employment tax return would otherwise be due from the electing organization. H&r block free The organization can make the election only if it is opposed for religious reasons to the payment of FICA taxes. H&r block free   The election applies to payments for services of current and future employees other than services performed in an unrelated trade or business. H&r block free Revoking the election. H&r block free   The election can be revoked by the IRS if the organization fails to file Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, for 2 years and fails to furnish certain information upon request by the IRS. H&r block free Such revocation will apply retroactively to the beginning of the 2-year period. H&r block free Definitions. H&r block free   For purposes of this election, the term church means a church, a convention or association of churches, or an elementary or secondary school that is controlled, operated, or principally supported by a church or by a convention or association of churches. H&r block free   The term qualified church-controlled organization means any church-controlled section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, other than an organization that both: Offers goods, services, or facilities for sale, other than on an incidental basis, to the general public at other than a nominal charge that is substantially less than the cost of providing such goods, services, or facilities, and Normally receives more than 25% of its support from the sum of governmental sources and receipts from admissions, sales of merchandise, performance of services, or furnishing of facilities, in activities that are not unrelated trades or businesses. H&r block free Effect on employees. H&r block free   If a church or qualified church-controlled organization has made an election, payment for services performed for that church or organization, other than in an unrelated trade or business, will not be subject to FICA taxes. H&r block free However, the employee, unless otherwise exempt, will be subject to self-employment tax on the income. H&r block free The tax applies to income of $108. H&r block free 28 or more for the tax year from that church or organization, and no deductions for trade or business expenses are allowed against this self-employment income. H&r block free   Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax, should be attached to the employee's income tax return. H&r block free Political Organization Income Tax Return Generally, a political organization is treated as an organization exempt from tax. H&r block free Certain political organizations, however, must file an annual income tax return, Form 1120-POL, U. H&r block free S. H&r block free Income Tax Return for Certain Political Organizations, for any year they have political organization taxable income in excess of the $100 specific deduction allowed under section 527. H&r block free A political organization that has $25,000 ($100,000 for a qualified state or local political organization) or more in gross receipts for the tax year must file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ (and Schedule B of the form), unless excepted. H&r block free See Forms 990 and 990-EZ , earlier. H&r block free Political organization. H&r block free   A political organization is a party, committee, association, fund, or other organization (whether or not incorporated) organized and operated primarily for the purpose of directly or indirectly accepting contributions or making expenditures, or both, for an exempt function. H&r block free Exempt function. H&r block free   An exempt function means influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to any federal, state, local public office or office in a political organization, or the election of the Presidential or Vice Presidential electors, whether or not such individual or electors are selected, nominated, elected, or appointed. H&r block free It also includes certain office expenses of a holder of public office or an office in a political organization. H&r block free Certain political organizations are required to notify the IRS that they are section 527 organizations. H&r block free These organizations must use Form 8871. H&r block free Some of these section 527 organizations must use Form 8872 to file periodic reports with the IRS disclosing their contributions and expenditures. H&r block free For a discussion on these forms, see Reporting Requirements for a Political Organization, later. H&r block free Political organization taxable income. H&r block free   Political organization taxable income is the excess of: Gross income for the tax year (excluding exempt function income) minus Deductions directly connected with the earning of gross income. H&r block free To figure taxable income, allow for a $100 specific deduction, but do not allow for the net operating loss deduction, the dividends-received deduction, and other special deductions for corporations. H&r block free Exempt organization not a political organization. H&r block free   An organization exempt under section 501(c) that spends any amount for an exempt function must file Form 1120-POL for any year which it has political taxable income. H&r block free These organizations must include in gross income the lesser of: The total amount of its exempt function expenditures, or The organization's net investment income. H&r block free Separate fund. H&r block free   A section 501(c) organization can set up a separate segregated fund that will be treated as an independent political organization. H&r block free The earnings and expenditures made by the separate fund will not be attributed to the section 501(c) organization. H&r block free Section 501(c)(3) organizations are precluded from, and may suffer loss of exemption for, engaging in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. H&r block free Due date. H&r block free   Form 1120-POL is due by the 15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the tax year. H&r block free Thus, for a calendar year taxpayer, Form 1120-POL is due on March 15 of the following year. H&r block free If any due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the organization can file the return on the next business day. H&r block free    Form 1120-POL is not required of an exempt organization that makes expenditures for political purposes if its gross income does not exceed its directly connected deductions by more than $100 for the tax year. H&r block free Extension of time to file. H&r block free    Use Form 7004 to request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file Form 1120-POL. H&r block free The extension will be granted if you complete Form 7004 properly, make a proper estimate of the tax (if applicable), file Form 1120-POL by the due date, and pay any tax due. H&r block free Failure to file. H&r block free   A political organization that fails to file Form 1120-POL is subject to a penalty equal to 5% of the tax due for each month (or partial month) the return is late up to a maximum of 25% of the tax due, unless the organization shows the failure was due to reasonable cause. H&r block free For more information about filing Form 1120-POL, refer to the instructions accompanying the form. H&r block free Failure to pay on time. H&r block free   An organization that does not pay the tax when due generally may have to pay a penalty of 1/2 of 1% of the unpaid tax for each month or part of a month the tax is not paid, up to a maximum of 25% of the unpaid tax. H&r block free The penalty will not be imposed if the organization can show that the failure to pay on time was due to reasonable cause. H&r block free Reporting Requirements for a Political Organization Certain political organizations are required to notify the IRS that the organization is to be treated as a section 527 political organization. H&r block free The organization is also required to periodically report certain contributions received and expenditures made by the organization. H&r block free To notify the IRS of section 527 treatment, an organization must file Form 8871. H&r block free To report contributions and expenditures, certain tax-exempt political organizations must file Form 8872. H&r block free Form 8871 A political organization must electronically file Form 8871 to notify the IRS that it is to be treated as a section 527 organization. H&r block free However, an organization is not required to file Form 8871 if: It reasonably expects its annual gross receipts to always be less than $25,000. H&r block free It is a political committee required to report under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) (2 U. H&r block free S. H&r block free C. H&r block free 431(4)). H&r block free It is a state or local candidate committee. H&r block free It is a state or local committee of a political party. H&r block free It is a section 501(c) organization that has made an “exempt function expenditure. H&r block free ” All other political organizations are required to file Form 8871. H&r block free An organization must provide on Form 8871: Its name and address (including any business address, if different) and its electronic mailing address; Its purpose; The names and addresses of its officers, highly compensated employees, contact person, custodian of records, and members of its board of directors; The name and address of, and relationship to, any related entities (within the meaning of section 168(h)(4)); and Whether it intends to claim an exemption from filing Form 8872, Form 990, or Form 990-EZ. H&r block free Employer identification number. H&r block free   If your organization needs an EIN, you can apply for one: Online—Click on the Employer ID Numbers (EINs) link at www. H&r block free IRS. H&r block free gov/businesses/small. H&r block free By telephone at 1-800-829-4933 from 7:00 a. H&r block free m. H&r block free to 10:00 p. H&r block free m. H&r block free in the organization's local time zone. H&r block free By mailing or faxing Form SS-4. H&r block free   If you previously applied for an EIN and have not yet received it, or you are unsure whether you have an EIN, please call our toll-free customer account services number, 1-877-829-5500, for assistance. H&r block free Due dates. H&r block free   The initial Form 8871 must be filed within 24 hours of the date on which the organization was established. H&r block free If there is a material change, an amended Form 8871 must be filed within 30 days of the material change. H&r block free When the organization terminates its existence, it must file a final Form 8871 within 30 days of termination. H&r block free   If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the organization can file on the next business day. H&r block free How to file. H&r block free   An organization must file Form 8871 electronically via the IRS Internet website at www. H&r block free IRS. H&r block free gov/polorgs (Keyword: political orgs). H&r block free Form 8453-X, Political Organization Declaration for Electronic Filing of Notice of Section 527 Status. H&r block free   After electronically submitting Form 8871, the political organization must print, sign, and mail Form 8453-X to the IRS. H&r block free Upon receipt of the Form 8453-X, the IRS will send the organization a username and password that must be used to file an amended or final Form 8871 or to electronically file Form 8872. H&r block free Penalties Failure to file. H&r block free   An organization that is required to file Form 8871, but fails to do so on a timely basis, will not be treated as a tax-exempt section 527 organization for any period before the date Form 8871 is filed. H&r block free Also, the taxable income of the organization for that period will include its exempt function income (including contributions received, membership dues, and political fundraising receipts) minus any deductions directly connected with the production of that income. H&r block free   Failure to file an amended Form 8871 will cause the organization not to be treated as a tax-exempt section 527 organization. H&r block free If an organization is treated as not being a tax-exempt section 527 organization, the taxable income of the organization will be determined by considering any exempt function income and deductions during the period beginning on the date of the material change and ending on the date that the amended Form 8871 is filed. H&r block free    The tax is computed by multiplying the organization's taxable income by the highest corporate tax rate. H&r block free Fraudulent returns. H&r block free   Any individual or corporation that willfully delivers or discloses to the IRS any list, return, account, statement or other document known to be fraudulent or false as to any material matter will be fined not more than $10,000 ($50,000 in the case of a corporation) or imprisoned for not more than 1 year or both. H&r block free Waiver of penalties. H&r block free   The IRS may waive any additional tax assessed on an organization for failure to file Form 8871 if the failure was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. H&r block free Additional information. H&r block free   For more information on Form 8871, see the form and its instructions. H&r block free For a discussion on the public inspection requirements for the form, see Public Inspection of Exemption Applications, Annual Returns, and Political Organization Reporting Forms , later. H&r block free Form 8872 Every tax-exempt section 527 political organization that accepts a contribution or makes an expenditure, for an exempt function during the calendar year, must file Form 8872 except: A political organization that is not required to file Form 8871 (discussed earlier). H&r block free A political organization that is subject to tax on its income because it did not file or amend Form 8871. H&r block free A qualified state or local political organization (QSLPO), discussed below. H&r block free All other tax-exempt section 527 organizations that accept contributions or make expenditures for an exempt function are required to file Form 8872. H&r block free Qualified state or local political organization. H&r block free   A state or local political organization may be a QSLPO if: All of its political activities relate solely to state or local public office (or office in a state or local political organization). H&r block free It is subject to a state law that requires it to report (and it does report) to a state agency information about contributions and expenditures that is similar to the information that the organization would otherwise be required to report to the IRS. H&r block free The state agency and the organization make the reports publicly available. H&r block free No federal candidate or office holder: Controls or materially participates in the direction of the organization, Solicits contributions for the organization, or Directs the disbursements of the organization. H&r block free Information required on Form 8872. H&r block free   If an organization pays an individual $500 or more for the calendar year, the organization is required to disclose the individual's name, address, occupation, employer, amount of the expense, the date the expense was paid, and the purpose of the expense on Form 8872. H&r block free   If an organization receives contributions of $200 or more from one contributor for the calendar year, the organization must disclose the donor's name, address, occupation, employer, and the date the contributions were made. H&r block free   For additional information that is required, see Form 8872. H&r block free Due dates. H&r block free   The due dates for filing Form 8872 vary depending on whether the form is due for a reporting period that occurs during a calendar year in which a regularly scheduled election is held, or any other calendar year (a nonelection year). H&r block free   If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the organization can file on the next business day. H&r block free Election year filing. H&r block free    In election years, Form 8872 must be filed on either a quarterly or a monthly basis. H&r block free Both a pre-election report and a post-election report are also required to be filed in an election year. H&r block free An election year is any year in which a regularly scheduled general election for federal office is held (an even-numbered year). H&r block free Nonelection year filing. H&r block free    In nonelection years, the form must be filed on a semiannual or monthly basis. H&r block free A complete listing of these filing periods are in the Form 8872 Instructions. H&r block free A nonelection year is any odd-numbered year. H&r block free How to file. H&r block free   Form 8872 can be filed either electronically or by mail. H&r block free However, organizations that have, or expect to have, contributions or expenditures of $50,000 or more for the year must file electronically. H&r block free    To file by mail, send Form 8872 to the:   Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Center Ogden, UT 84201-0027 Electronic filing. H&r block free   File electronically via the IRS internet website at www. H&r block free IRS. H&r block free gov/polorgs. H&r block free You will need a user ID and password to electronically file Form 8872. H&r block free Organizations that have completed the electronic filing of Form 8871 and submitted a completed and signed Form 8453-X will receive a username and password in the mail. H&r block free   Organizations that have completed the electronic filing of Form 8871, but have not received their user ID and password can request one by writing to the following address: Internal Revenue Service Attn: Request for 8872 Password Mail Stop 6273 Ogden, UT 84201 Lost username and password. H&r block free   If you have forgotten or misplaced the username and password issued to your organization after you filed your initial Form 8871, send a letter requesting a new username and password to the address under Electronic filing. H&r block free You can also fax your request to (801) 620-3249. H&r block free It may take 3-6 weeks for your new username and password to arrive, as they will be mailed to the organization. H&r block free Penalty A penalty will be imposed if the organization is required to file Form 8872 and it: Fails to file the form by the due date, or Files the form but fails to report all of the information required or reports incorrect information. H&r block free The penalty is 35% of the total amount of contributions and expenditures to which a failure relates. H&r block free Fraudulent returns. H&r block free   Any individual or corporation that willfully delivers or discloses any list, return, account, statement, or other document known to be fraudulent or false as to any material matter will be fined not more than $10,000 ($50,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both. H&r block free Waiver of penalties. H&r block free   The IRS may waive any additional tax assessed on an organization for failure to file Form 8872 if the failure was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. H&r block free Donee Information Return Dispositions of donated property. H&r block free   If an organization receives charitable deduction property and within three years sells, exchanges, or otherwise disposes of the property, the organization must file Form 8282, Donee Information Return. H&r block free However, an organization is not required to file Form 8282 if: The property is valued at $500 or less, or The property is consumed or distributed for charitable purposes. H&r block free   Form 8282 must be filed with the IRS within 125 days after the disposition. H&r block free Additionally, a copy of Form 8282 must be given to the donor. H&r block free If the organization fails to file the required information return, penalties may apply. H&r block free Charitable deduction property. H&r block free   This is any property (other than money or publicly traded securities) for which the donee organization signed an appraisal summary or Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions. H&r block free Publicly traded securities. H&r block free   These are securities for which market quotations are readily available on an established securities market as of the date of the contribution. H&r block free Appraisal summary. H&r block free   If the value of the donated property exceeds $5,000, the donor must get a qualified appraisal for contributions of property, see the Exceptions. H&r block free below. H&r block free Exceptions. H&r block free   A written appraisal is not needed if the property is: Nonpublicly traded stock of $10,000 or less, A vehicle (including a car, boat, or airplane), if your deduction for the vehicle is limited to the gross proceeds from its sale, Intellectual property, Certain securities considered to have market quotations readily available (see Regulations section 1. H&r block free 170A-13(c)(7)(xi)(B)), Inventory and other property donated by a corporation that are qualified contributions for the care of the ill, the needy, or infants, within the meaning of section 170(e)(3)(A), or Any donation of stock in trade, inventory, or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. H&r block free   The donee organization is not a qualified appraiser for the purpose of valuing the donated property. H&r block free For more information, get Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. H&r block free Form 8283. H&r block free   For noncash donations over $5,000, the donor must attach Form 8283 to the tax return to support the charitable deduction. H&r block free The donee must sign Part IV of Section B, Form 8283 unless publicly traded securities are donated. H&r block free The person who signs for the donee must be an official authorized to sign the donee's tax or information returns, or a person specifically authorized to sign by that official. H&r block free The signature does not represent concurrence in the appraised value of the contributed property. H&r block free A signed acknowledgment represents receipt of the property described on Form 8283 on the date specified on the form. H&r block free The signature also indicates knowledge of the information reporting requirements on dispositions, as previously discussed. H&r block free A copy of Form 8283 must be given to the donee. H&r block free Information Provided to Donors In some situations, a donor must obtain certain information from a donee organization to obtain a deduction for a charitable contribution. H&r block free In other situations, the donee organization is required to provide information to the donor. H&r block free A charitable organization must give a donor a disclosure statement for a quid pro quo contribution over $75. H&r block free (See Disclosure statement. H&r block free later. H&r block free ) This is a payment a donor makes to a charity partly as a contribution and partly for goods or services. H&r block free See Quid pro quo contribution below for an example. H&r block free Failure to make the required disclosure may result in a penalty to the organization. H&r block free A donor cannot deduct a charitable contribution of $250 or more unless the donor has a written acknowledgment from the charitable organization. H&r block free In certain circumstances, an organization may be able to meet both of these requirements with the same written document. H&r block free Disclosure of Quid Pro Quo Contributions A charitable organization must provide a written disclosure statement to donors of a quid pro quo contribution over $75. H&r block free Quid pro quo contribution. H&r block free   A contribution made by a donor in exchange for goods or services is known as a quid pro quo contribution. H&r block free Your charitable organization must provide the donor a written statement informing the donor of the fair market value of the items or services it provided in exchange for the contribution. H&r block free Generally, a written statement is required for each payment, whenever the contribution portion is over $75. H&r block free Example. H&r block free If a donor gives your charity $100 and receives a concert ticket valued at $40, the donor has made a quid pro quo contribution. H&r block free In this example, the charitable part of the payment is $60. H&r block free Even though the deductible part of the payment is not more than $75, a written statement must be filed because the total payment is more than $75. H&r block free If your organization fails to disclose quid pro quo contributions, the organization may be subject to a penalty. H&r block free Disclosure statement. H&r block free   The required written disclosure statement must: Inform the donor that the amount of the contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of any money (and the value of any property other than money) contributed by the donor over the fair market value of goods or services provided by the charity, and Provide the donor with a good faith estimate of the fair market value of the goods or services that the donor received. H&r block free The charity must furnish the statement in connection with either the solicitation or the receipt of the quid pro quo contribution. H&r block free If the disclosure statement is furnished in connection with a particular solicitation, it is not necessary for the organization to provide another statement when it actually receives the contribution. H&r block free   No disclosure statement is required if any of the following are true. H&r block free The goods or services given to a donor have insubstantial value as described in Revenue Procedure 90-12, 1990-1 C. H&r block free B. H&r block free 471, Revenue Procedure 90-12, and Revenue Procedure 92-49, 1992-1 C. H&r block free B. H&r block free 507 (as adjusted for inflation), Revenue Procedure 92-49. H&r block free There is no donative element involved in a particular transaction with a charity (for example, there is generally no donative element involved in a visitor's purchase from a museum gift shop). H&r block free There is only an intangible religious benefit provided to the donor. H&r block free The intangible religious benefit must be provided to the donor by an organization organized exclusively for religious purposes, and must be of a type that generally is not sold in a commercial transaction outside the donative context. H&r block free For example, a donor who, for a payment, is granted admission to a religious ceremony for which there is no admission charge is provided an intangible religious benefit. H&r block free A donor is not provided intangible religious benefits for payments made for tuition for education leading to a recognized degree, travel services, or consumer goods. H&r block free The donor makes a payment of $75 or less per year and receives only annual membership benefits that consist of: Any rights or privileges (other than the right to purchase tickets for college athletic events) that the taxpayer can exercise often during the membership period, such as free or discounted admissions or parking or preferred access to goods or services, or Admission to events that are open only to members and the cost per person of which is within the limits for low-cost articles described in Revenue Procedure 90-12 (as adjusted for inflation), Revenue Procedure 90-12. H&r block free Good faith estimate of fair market value (FMV). H&r block free   An organization can use any reasonable method to estimate the FMV of goods or services it provided to a donor, as long as it applies the method in good faith. H&r block free   The organization can estimate the FMV of goods or services that generally are not commercially available by using the FMV of similar or comparable goods or services. H&r block free Goods or services may be similar or comparable even if they do not have the unique qualities of the goods or services being valued. H&r block free Example 1. H&r block free A charity provides a 1-hour tennis lesson with a tennis professional for the first $500 payment it receives. H&r block free The tennis professional provides 1-hour lessons on a commercial basis for $100. H&r block free A good faith estimate of the lesson's FMV is $100. H&r block free Example 2. H&r block free For a payment of $50,000, a museum allows a donor to hold a private event in a room of the museum. H&r block free A good faith estimate of the FMV of the right to hold the event in the museum can be made by using the cost of renting a hotel ballroom with a capacity, amenities, and atmosphere comparable to the museum room, even though the hotel ballroom lacks the unique art displayed in the museum room. H&r block free If the hotel ballroom rents for $2,500, a good faith estimate of the FMV of the right to hold the event in the museum is $2,500. H&r block free Example 3. H&r block free For a payment of $1,000, a charity provides an evening tour of a museum conducted by a well-known artist. H&r block free The artist does not provide tours on a commercial basis. H&r block free Tours of the museum normally are free to the public. H&r block free A good faith estimate of the FMV of the evening museum tour is $0 even though it is conducted by the artist. H&r block free Penalty for failure to disclose. H&r block free   A penalty is imposed on a charity that does not make the required disclosure of a quid pro quo contribution of more than $75. H&r block free The penalty is $10 per contribution, not to exceed $5,000 per fundraising event or mailing. H&r block free The charity can avoid the penalty if it can show that the failure was due to reasonable cause. H&r block free Acknowledgment of Charitable Contributions of $250 or More A donor can deduct a charitable contribution of $250 or more only if the donor has a written acknowledgment from the charitable organization. H&r block free The donor must get the acknowledgment by the earlier of: The date the donor files the original return for the year the contribution is made, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. H&r block free The donor is responsible for requesting and obtaining the written acknowledgment from the donee. H&r block free A charitable organization that receives a payment made as a contribution is treated as the donee organization for this purpose even if the organization (according to the donor's instructions or otherwise) distributes the amount received to one or more charities. H&r block free Quid pro quo contribution. H&r block free   If the donee provides goods or services to the donor in exchange for the contribution (a quid pro quo contribution), the acknowledgment must include a good faith estimate of the value of the goods or services. H&r block free See Disclosure of Quid Pro Quo Contributions earlier. H&r block free Form of acknowledgment. H&r block free   Although there is no prescribed format for the written acknowledgment, it must provide enough information to substantiate the amount of the contribution. H&r block free For more information, see IRS Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions – Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements. H&r block free Cash contributions. H&r block free   To deduct a contribution of cash, a check, or other monetary gift (regardless of the amount), a donor must maintain a bank record or a written communication from the donee organization showing the donee's name, date, and amount of the contribution. H&r block free In the case of a lump-sum contribution (rather than a contribution by payroll deduction) made through the Combined Federal Campaign or a similar program such as a United Way Campaign, the written communication must include the name of the donee organization that is the ultimate recipient of the charitable contribution. H&r block free Contributions by payroll deduction. H&r block free   An organization may substantiate an employee's contribution by deduction from its payroll by: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document showing a contribution to a donee organization, together with A pledge card or other document from the donee organization that shows its name. H&r block free   For contributions of $250 or more, the document must state that the donee organization provides no goods or services for any payroll contributions. H&r block free The amount withheld from each payment of wages to a taxpayer is treated as a separate contribution. H&r block free Acknowledgment of Vehicle Contribution If an exempt organization receives a contribution of a qualified vehicle with a claimed value of more than $500, the donee organization is required to provide a contemporaneous written acknowledgment to the donor. H&r block free The donee organization can use a completed Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, for the contemporaneous written acknowledgment. H&r block free See section 3. H&r block free 03 of Notice 2005-44 for guidance on the information that must be included in a contemporaneous written acknowledgment and the deadline for furnishing the acknowledgment to the donor. H&r block free Any donee organization that provides a contemporaneous written acknowledgment to a donor is required to report to the IRS the information contained in the acknowledgment. H&r block free The report is due by February 28 (March 31 if filing electronically) of the year following the year in which the donee organization provides the acknowledgment to the donor. H&r block free The organization must file the report on Copy A of Form 1098-C. H&r block free An organization that files Form 1098-C on paper should send it with Form 1096, Annual Summary and Transmittal of U. H&r block free S. H&r block free Information Returns. H&r block free See the Instructions for Form 1096 for the correct filing location. H&r block free An organization that is required to file 250 or more Forms 1098-C during the calendar year must file the forms electronically or magnetically. H&r block free Specifications for filing Form 1098-C electronically or magnetically can be found in Publication 1220, Specifications for Filing Forms 1097, 1098, 1099, 3921, 3922, 5498, 8935, and W-2G Electronically at www. H&r block free IRS. H&r block free gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1220. H&r block free pdf. H&r block free Acknowledgment For a contribution of a qualified vehicle with a claimed value of $500 or less, do not file Form 1098-C. H&r block free However, you can use it as the contemporaneous written acknowledgment under section 170(f)(8) by providing the donor with Copy C only. H&r block free See the Instructions for Form 1098-C. H&r block free Generally, the organization should complete Form 1098-C as the written acknowledgment to the donor and the IRS. H&r block free The contents of the acknowledgment depend upon whether the organization: Sells a qualified vehicle without any significant intervening use or material improvement, Intends to make a significant intervening use of or material improvement to a qualified vehicle prior to sale, or Sells a qualified vehicle to a needy individual at a price significantly below fair market value, or a gratuitous transfer to a needy individual in direct furtherance of a charitable purpose of the organization of relieving the poor and distressed or the underprivileged who are in need of a means of transportation. H&r block free For more information on the acknowledgment, see Notice 2005-44, 2005-25 I. H&r block free R. H&r block free B. H&r block free 1287, at www. H&r block free irs. H&r block free gov/irb/2005-25_IRB/2005-25_IRB/ar09. H&r block free html. H&r block free Material improvements or significant intervening use. H&r block free   To constitute significant intervening use, the organization must actually use the vehicle to substantially further the organization's regularly conducted activities, and the use must be significant, not incidental. H&r block free Factors in determining whether a use is a significant intervening use depend on the nature, extent, frequency, and duration. H&r block free For this purpose, use includes providing transportation on a regular basis for a significant period of time or significant use directly related to training in vehicle repair. H&r block free Use does not include the use of a vehicle to provide training in business skills, such as marketing or sales. H&r block free Examples of significant use include: Driving a vehicle every day for 1 year to deliver meals to needy individuals, if delivering meals is an activity regularly conducted by the organization. H&r block free Driving a vehicle for 10,000 miles over a 1-year period to deliver meals to needy individuals, if delivering meals is an activity regularly conducted by the organization. H&r block free   Material improvements include major repairs and additions that improve the condition of the vehicle in a manner that significantly increases the value. H&r block free To be a material improvement, the improvement cannot be funded by an additional payment to the organization from the donor of the vehicle. H&r block free Material improvements do not include cleaning, minor repairs, routine maintenance, painting, removal of dents or scratches, cleaning or repair of upholstery, and installation of theft deterrent devices. H&r block free Penalties. H&r block free   If your charitable organization receives contributions of used motor vehicles, boats, and airplanes valued over $500 it may be subject to a penalty if it knowingly: Fails to furnish an acknowledgement in a timely manner, showing the required information, or Furnishes a false or fraudulent acknowledgement of the contribution. H&r block free    Other penalties may apply. H&r block free See Part O in the 2012 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. H&r block free   An acknowledgment containing a certification will be presumed to be false or fraudulent if the qualified vehicle is sold to a buyer other than a needy individual without a significant intervening use or material improvement within 6 months of the date of the contribution. H&r block free   If a charity sells a donated vehicle at auction, the IRS will not accept as substantiation an acknowledgment from the charity stating that the vehicle is to be transferred to a needy individual for significantly below fair market value. H&r block free Vehicles sold at auction are not sold at prices significantly below fair market value, and the IRS will not treat vehicles sold at auction as qualifying for this exception. H&r block free   The penalty for a false or fraudulent acknowledgment where the donee certifies that the vehicle will not be transferred for money, other property, or services before completion of material improvements or significant intervening use or the donee certifies that the vehicle is to be transferred to a needy individual for significantly below fair market value in furtherance of the donee's charitable purpose is the larger of $5,000 or the claimed value of the vehicle multiplied by 39. H&r block free 6%. H&r block free   The penalty for an acknowledgment relating to a qualified vehicle being sold in an arm's length transaction to an unrelated party is the larger of the gross proceeds from the sale or the sales price stated in the acknowledgment multiplied by 39. H&r block free 6%. H&r block free Qualified Intellectual Property A taxpayer who contributes qualified intellectual property to a charity may be entitled to a charitable deduction, in addition to any initial deduction allowed in the year of contribution. H&r block free The additional deduction is based on a specified percentage of the qualified donee income with respect to the qualified intellectual property. H&r block free To qualify for the additional charitable deduction, the donor must provide notice to the donee at the time of the contribution that the donor intends to treat the contribution as qualified intellectual property contribution for purposes of sections 170(m) and 6050L. H&r block free Every donee organization described in section 170(c) (except a private foundation as defined in section 509(a) that is not described in section 170(b)(1)(F)) that receives or accrues net income from a charitable gift of qualified intellectual property must file Form 8899. H&r block free Form 8899. H&r block free   Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property, is used by a donee to report net income from qualified intellectual property to the donor of the property and to the IRS and is due by the last day of the first full month following the close of the donee’s tax year. H&r block free This form must be filed for each tax year of the donee in which the donated property produces net income, but only if all or part of that tax year occurs during the 10-year period beginning on the date of the contribution and that tax year does not begin after the expiration of the legal life of the donated property. H&r block free Qualified donee income. H&r block free   Qualified donee income is any net income received by or accrued to the donee that is properly allocable to the qualified intellectual property for the tax year of the donee which ends within or with the tax year of the donor. H&r block free Income is not treated as allocated to qualified intellectual property if it is received or accrued after the earlier of the expiration of the legal life of the qualified intellectual property, or the 10-year period beginning with the date of
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H&r block free 11. H&r block free   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. H&r block free Free help with your tax return. H&r block free   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. H&r block free The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. H&r block free The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r block free Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. H&r block free In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. H&r block free To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r block free gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. H&r block free   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. H&r block free To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. H&r block free aarp. H&r block free org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. H&r block free For more information on these programs, go to IRS. H&r block free gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. H&r block free Internet. H&r block free    IRS. H&r block free gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. H&r block free Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r block free Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. H&r block free Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. H&r block free gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. H&r block free The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r block free Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. H&r block free You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r block free The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r block free Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. H&r block free No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. H&r block free The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. H&r block free When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. H&r block free New subject areas are added on a regular basis. H&r block free  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. H&r block free gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. H&r block free You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. H&r block free The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. H&r block free When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. H&r block free Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. H&r block free You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. H&r block free Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. H&r block free gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. H&r block free Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. H&r block free Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. H&r block free Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. H&r block free If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. H&r block free Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. H&r block free gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. H&r block free You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r block free It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r block free Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. H&r block free gov. H&r block free Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. H&r block free gov for more information. H&r block free Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. H&r block free Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. H&r block free gov. H&r block free Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. H&r block free Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. H&r block free gov. H&r block free Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. H&r block free gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. H&r block free Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. H&r block free Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r block free gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. H&r block free An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r block free Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. H&r block free gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. H&r block free If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. H&r block free Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. H&r block free Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). H&r block free Go to IRS. H&r block free gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. H&r block free Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. H&r block free Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. H&r block free Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. H&r block free Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. H&r block free gov and choose from a variety of options. H&r block free Phone. H&r block free    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. H&r block free Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. H&r block free Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. H&r block free gov, or download the IRS2Go app. H&r block free Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. H&r block free The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. H&r block free Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. H&r block free Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. H&r block free Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. H&r block free Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. H&r block free If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. H&r block free The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. H&r block free Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. H&r block free Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. H&r block free The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. H&r block free Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. H&r block free Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. H&r block free Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. H&r block free You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. H&r block free It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. H&r block free Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). H&r block free You should receive your order within 10 business days. H&r block free Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. H&r block free If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. H&r block free Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. H&r block free The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. H&r block free These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. H&r block free Walk-in. H&r block free   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. H&r block free Products. H&r block free You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. H&r block free Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. H&r block free Services. H&r block free You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. H&r block free An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. H&r block free Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. H&r block free gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. H&r block free Mail. H&r block free   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. H&r block free You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. H&r block free Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. H&r block free Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. H&r block free The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. H&r block free Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. H&r block free   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. H&r block free We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. H&r block free You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. H&r block free You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. H&r block free   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. H&r block free Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. H&r block free Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. H&r block free Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. H&r block free We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. H&r block free   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. H&r block free   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. H&r block free If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. H&r block free Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. H&r block free   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. H&r block free Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. H&r block free Visit Taxpayer Advocate or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. H&r block free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications