E-File Form 990-PF for 2023: Return for Private Foundation

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E-File Form 990-PF for 2023

Form 990 PF - Key Takeaways

What is IRS Form 990-PF?

Form 990-PF is an annual information return filed by private foundations to report financial information and activities to the IRS.

Who is eligible to file 990-PF?

Private Foundations described in Section 501(c)(3), holding exemptions under Sections 501(a) and 4947(a)(1) are required to file 990-PF.

When is Form 990-PF Due?

The due date for filing Form 990-PF is the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the organization’s accounting period.

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Just enter your EIN and let our system pull up your foundation details from the IRS directly. If not, you can enter the details manually instead.

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What is IRS Form 990-PF?

  • Form 990-PF is an IRS form that private foundations must file annually to report their financial information, activities, and certain other information to the IRS and to calculate their taxes based on investment income.
  • The IRS uses the information reported on Form 990-PF to ensure that
    Private Foundations complies with the established guidelines.
What is IRS Form 990-PF?
Who must file Form 990-PF

Who must file Form 990-PF?

Typically, the organizations that must file Form 990-PF are:

  • Tax-exempt (section 6033(a), (b), and (c)) and Taxable (section 6033(d)) private foundations
  • Organizations that claim private foundation status and have a pending tax-exempt application
  • Organizations that claim private foundation status but haven’t yet applied for exempt status and whose application isn’t yet untimely under section 508(a) for retroactive recognition.
  • Organizations that made an election under section 41(e)(6)(D)(iv)
  • Private foundations making a termination under section 507(b)
  • Section 4947(a)(1) nonexempt charitable trusts (that are treated as
    private foundations)

When is the deadline to file Form 990-PF?

When is the deadline to file Form 990-PF
Information Required to E-file Form
990-PF Online

Information Required to E-file Form
990-PF Online

Here is the list of major information that you’ll need to file Form 990-PF online.

  • The foundation’s basic Information
  • Financial information such as revenue, expenses, assets, and liabilities
  • Program-related investments
  • Other IRS filings and tax compliance requirements
  • Details of the governing body, management, and other key members

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Frequently Asked Questions IRS Form 990-PF

How many parts are there in Form 990-PF?

Form 990-PF comprises 16 parts (Some parts are optional for certain organizations) Here is an overview of all the parts in Form 990-PF:

  • Part I - Analysis of Revenue and Expenses
  • Financial information such as revenue, expenses, assets, and liabilities
  • Part II - Balance Sheets
  • Part III - Analysis of Changes in Net Assets or Fund Balances
  • Part IV - Capital Gains and Losses for Tax on Investment Income
  • Part V - Excise Tax Based on Investment Income (Section 4940(a), 4940(b), 4940(e), or 4948)
  • Part VI - Statements Regarding Activities
  • Part VII - Information About Officers, Directors, Trustees, Foundation Managers, Highly Paid Employees, and Contractors
  • Part VIII - Summary of Direct Charitable Activities and Program-Related Investments
  • Part IX - Minimum Investment Return
  • Part X - Distributable Amount
  • Part XI - Qualifying Distributions
  • Part XII - Undistributed Income
  • Part XIV - Supplementary Information
  • Part XV - Analysis of Income-Producing Activities and Relationship of Activities to the Accomplishment of Exempt Purposes
  • Part XVI - Information Regarding Transfers To and Transactions and Relationships With Noncharitable Exempt Organizations

Check out our step-by-step instructions to understand how to complete Form 990-PF.

What are the additional filing requirements for Form 990-PF?

  • Private foundations that file Form 990-PF may be required to attach Schedule B, depending on the data they reported.
  • Schedule B is typically filed when a private foundation has received contributions of $5000 or more from any one contributor during the corresponding tax year. Learn more about Schedule-B

Should Form 990-PF be filed electronically?

Yes! The IRS mandates that Form 990-PF must be filed electronically for tax years ending on or after July 31, 2020 (per the Taxpayer Act of 2019).

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Can I get an extension to file Form 990-PF?

  • Yes! If your foundation needs more time to file Form 990-PF, you can file Form 8868 to extend your 990-PF deadline. Upon filing Form 8868 on or before the original deadline, the IRS will grant an automatic 6-month extension.
  • This means if your organization follows the calendar tax year and files an extension, your extended 990-PF deadline will be November 15.

What are the penalties for filing Form 990-PF late?

  • For smaller organizations with gross receipts < $1,208,500, the penalty for late filing Form 990-PF is $20/day. The maximum penalty is $12,000 or 5% of the foundation’s gross receipts (whichever is less).
  • For larger organizations with gross receipts > $1,208,500, the penalty for late filing Form 990-PF is $120/day. The maximum penalty is $60,000 or 5% of the foundation’s gross receipts (whichever is less). Learn more about 990-PF penalties.

Can I file Form 990 or 990-EZ instead of Form 990-PF?

No, A Private foundation cannot choose to file Form 990 & Form 990-EZ. They are required to file Form 990-PF, irrespective of their gross receipts and assets.

If my organization has zero gross revenue, do I still need to complete the 990-PF?

Yes, Even if the foundation has no gross income in the tax year and has incurred losses on investments, it is still required to file Form 990-PF annually.

Do Private Foundations that file Form 990-PF Need to pay taxes?

Generally, Private foundations that obtain exempt status from the IRS are not required to pay federal income taxes. However, a domestic exempt private foundation, a domestic taxable private foundation, or a nonexempt charitable trust treated as a private foundation must make estimated tax payments for the excise tax based on investment income if it can expect its estimated tax to be $500 or more.