IRS provides new tax-exempt organization search function

Data provided on electronically filed Forms 990 in a machine-readable format will be available solely on an IRS searchable webpage

IRS provides new tax-exempt organization search function

The IRS today announced that publicly available data provided on electronically filed Forms 990 in a machine-readable format will be available solely on an IRS searchable webpage.

As noted in the IRS release—IR-2021-250—the IRS beginning December 31, 2021, will be revising its process for publicly updating Form 990 series information. The intention is to provide access to public data for organizations with tax-exempt status in one location on the IRS website.

The webpage includes multiple data sets of information about organizations' tax-exempt status and filings including, for example, information regarding an organization’s eligibility to receive tax-deductible contributions in addition to its filed Form 990 series returns. Personally identifiable tax-identification numbers are redacted.


The Form 990 series returns are the primary tool for IRS to gather information about tax-exempt organizations and promote compliance with tax-law requirements.

Organizations also use the Form 990 to share information with the public about their programs.

Additionally, most states rely on the Form 990 to perform charitable and other regulatory oversight and to satisfy state income tax filing requirements for organizations claiming exemption from state income tax.

A tax-exempt organization must file an annual information return or notice with the IRS unless an exception applies. Annual information returns include Form 990, Form 990-EZ and Form 990-PF. Form 990-N (e-Postcard) is an annual notice.

For more information, contact a tax professional with KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice:

Ruth Madrigal | +1 202 533 8817 |

Preston Quesenberry | +1 202 533 3985 |


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