Organizations with gross receipts and assets below certain thresholds at the end of their tax years may file Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax. In addition, certain other church-affiliated organizations and governmental organizations are not required to file annual information returns. Finally, organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally less than $25,000 are not required to file an annual return, but may be required to file an annual electronic notice – e-Postcard – beginning in 2008.
The following organizations must file another return in lieu of the Form 990:
Private foundations (Form 990-PF)
Employee benefit trusts (Form 5500)
Black lung benefit trusts (Form 990-BL)
Religious and apostolic organizations described in Code section 501(d)
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