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About Forms 990

The form 990 is the information return that most public charities are required by law to submit annually to the IRS. The IRS uses this form to assess compliance with tax laws. Unlike the personal tax form that we as individuals are required to submit each year that are private, form 990s are public.  

Form 990 Web Resources

The Foundation Center offers answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Forms 990 and 900-PF.

Find a Form 990 for a Nonprofit

  • Guidestar
    This is a great site to find IRS 990-PFs and 990s. A free registration is required to search.
  • IRS Search for Charities
    Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, is a list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. This online version is offered to help you conduct a more efficient search of these organizations.
  • NOZA
    A free database providing free access 990-PF tax returns. This project was started several years ago by Grantsmart and contains publically-available data received from the IRS.
  • ProPublica: Nonprofit Explorer
    In April 2013, the IRS released structured data culled from the tax returns of almost 616,000 tax-exempt organizations. Use this database to find organizations and see details like their executive compensation, revenue and expenses, as well as download their tax filings going back as far as 2001.

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