Beginning August 2022, smaller charities that are eligible and choose to file Form 990-N, Electronic Notice for Tax-Exempt Organizations (e-Postcard), must sign into the IRS modernized authentication platform using either their active IRS username or create an account with ID.me, the current IRS credential service provider.
When accessing the Form 990-N submission page, Form 990-N filers have three options:
- Sign in with their active IRS username: Users with an active IRS username have the option to access the Form 990-N submission page using their existing IRS credentials or they can choose to create a new account with ID.me.
- Sign in with their existing ID.me account: Users that have an ID.me account to access other IRS online services or from a state or federal agency can sign in using their existing ID.me account.
- Create a new ID.me account: Users that don’t have an active IRS username credential must register and sign in with ID.me.
ID.me account creation requires an email address and multifactor authentication. Form 990-N filers who have an existing IRS username and register for an ID.me account must use the same email address.
For Form 990-N filing instructions, see Publication 5248, Form 990-N Electronic Filing System User Guide (PDF).
The filing process has not changed for organizations that file Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, or Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.
Free Online Training for Small to Mid-Sized Section 501(c)(3) Charities
The IRS provides interactive online training to help officers, board members and volunteers maintain your organization's Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status - including a course on filing Form 990-series annual returns. The Virtual Small to Mid-Sized Tax-Exempt Workshop at StayExempt.irs.gov is an important resource for all charities, old and new.