Ham Radio Filing

Today TaxMama hears from William in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “We are part of a social organization (Ham Radio Club) which is not required to apply for formal tax exempt status because its annual gross receipts are less than $5,000. Must we file the annual form 990-N?” http://taxmama.wpengine.com/forum/taxquips/form-990-n-filing/  

Dear William,

My first instinct is that you would need to file the Form 990-N (which is now late…it was due on May 15th).  But it always helps to get a definitive answer.

In answer to this specific question, IRS Says:

Is an organization required to file an e-postcard if it was not required to file an application for tax exemption?

Yes, certain organizations do not have to apply for tax exemption but still have an e-Postcard filing requirement.  If your organization did not file an application for tax exemption because it is a section 501(c)(3) organization whose gross receipts in each taxable year are normally not more than $5,000 or because it is exempt under another Code section, such as 501(c)(4), an officer of the organization should call Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500 (a toll-free number) and ask that the organization be set up to allow filing of the e-Postcard.

 There you have it.

 Once in a while, logic actually works, when it comes to the tax system. Who’d believe that?!

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