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Form 990-N filers will use a new sign-in process beginning this summer

Written on Sep 1, 2022

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, the current IRS credential service provider. 

When accessing the Form 990-N submission page, Form 990-N filers have three options: 

  1. 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 

  1. Sign in with their existing account: Users that have an account to access other IRS online services or from a state or federal agency can sign in using their existing account. 

  1. Create a new account: Users that don’t have an active IRS username credential must register and sign in with account creation requires an email address and multifactor authentication. Form 990-N filers who have an existing IRS username and register for an account must use the same email address. 

For Form 990-N filing instructions, see Publication 5248, Form 990-N Electronic Filing System User Guide

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. 

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