I hope you can help me I am a newly hired Executive Director for a program in Alaska. Our Board President, filed the paperwork for state non-profit, and also for our EIN, however since 2007 he has not filed the 990 with the IRS as the program was dormant until now. Is this something I need to do retroactively? I know it is suggested that with or without income the forms should be filed, I am just not certain where to go from here… Please help if you are able!
I wish you success in your new job!
Start by doing an internet search on the IRS website to see if your organization ever filed for 501c3 tax exempt status.
You can also search on Guidestar’s website. Guidestar is a database of charities. https://www.guidestar.org/
You will need your organization’s official, legal name; the one on the EIN or the state nonprofit incorporation paperwork.
501c3 status is not granted automatically, it must be applied for with a lengthy application (Form 1023). I did a quick search on the IRS and Guidestar sites for your name and state but found nothing. It could be I wasn’t using your official name or it could be your organization has never applied for 501c3 status.
Carol Topp, CPA