FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Over 20,000 New York State Nonprofits Must Take Action by May 15 to Preserve Tax-Exempt Status
May 6th, 2010 – The New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) encourages all nonprofit organizations
in New York state and especially smaller nonprofits with annual revenue under $25,000, to take simple,
immediate steps to ensure they do not lose their tax-exempt status.
Congress passed a law that changed the rules so now all nonprofits must file a form with the Internal
Revenue Service. As a result, current government records show that over 20,000 nonprofits in New York
State could face the costly and time-consuming prospect of losing their status as tax-exempt
organizations if they do not act. For many small nonprofits with annual revenue below $25,000, that
means filing an electronic version of IRS form 990-N (also known as the ePostcard) by May 15. Larger
organizations must file form 990 or 990-EZ.
"NYCON is contacting as many organizations as possible on this list," said Doug Sauer, CEO of NYCON.
We also recommend that people involved in small nonprofits double check the list from the link at the
NYCON's web site, www.nycon.org. It would be an expensive distraction for small volunteer groups to
have to come up with $750 to reinstate the tax status they thought they already had."
To ensure your organization retains its tax-exempt status, the National Council of Nonprofits, to which
members of NYCON belong, offers these simple steps:
1. Click on this link from the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics to see if your
organization needs to file its annual return.
2. Click on the appropriate state and then search for your organization using the name or location
3. Check the filing status for your organization. If it is listed as "File Now," click on that link to
electronically file the proper form.
Small nonprofits will typically have to file Form 990-N, also known as the ePostcard. This form has eight
simple questions and can be filled out in a few minutes. To learn more about this situation, click here. If
you have any questions or concerns, please contact NYCON at (800) 515-5012.
Filing form 990-N by May 15 could save your nonprofit from having to pay $750 and submit an application
for tax-exempt status to the IRS again. Many small nonprofits may not be aware of this new rule, so
please help NYCON spread the word!
About the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) Formerly the Council of Community
Services of New York State, Inc. (CCSNYS), NYCON has been working to help strengthen nonprofits and
communities in New York State for over 82 years. NYCON is a statewide, membership-based charitable
nonprofit organization specializing in bringing nonprofits across New York State the services and training
they need to achieve their nonprofit missions and goals. The Council’s diverse menu of programs and
services includes training for nonprofit boards of directors, administration, and staff; providing insurance;
legal services; information on public policy and ethics; financial management assistance; community
needs assessments and planning; and discounts on office supplies. NYCON has offices in Albany,
Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, Oneonta and New York City. To learn more about NYCON, visit www.nycon.org.