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Exempt Organization Update

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Issue Number:    2012-5

Inside This Issue

  1. Tax Year 2011 990 Series Returns Now Available
  2. Register for Upcoming Workshops for Small and Medium-sized 501(c)(3)s
  3. Payroll Tax Cut Extended: Revised Payroll Tax Form Now Available
  4. EO's 2012 Summer Internship Application Deadline Extended
  5. Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012
  6. Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors


  1.  Tax Year 2011 990 Series Returns Now Available

Forms 990 and 990-EZ, schedules, and instructions are now available on, as well as a list of significant changes for tax year 2011.

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  2.  Register for Upcoming Workshops for Small and Medium-sized 501(c)(3)s

It's not too late to register for our popular workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations in New Jersey next week.

Each one-day workshop, presented by experienced Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations.

This popular introductory workshop is designed especially for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance as well as those interested in careers in the nonprofit sector.

To register, click on the city of your choice. Registration is now available for the following workshop locations:

For a description of the workshop, as well as a current schedule of dates/locations, go to Calendar of Events.

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  3.  Payroll Tax Cut Extended: Revised Payroll Tax Form Now Available

The Internal Revenue Service released revised Form 941 enabling employers to properly report the newly-extended payroll tax cut benefiting nearly 160 million workers.

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  4.  EO's 2012 Summer Internship Application Deadline Extended

IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) has extended the application deadline for its summer internship program for graduate students to Friday, March 16.

As part of its Academic Institutions Initiative (AII), the IRS is recruiting several graduate students for an unpaid internship this summer in Washington, DC. The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of how EO works and become familiar with the federal tax code.

Detailed information about the initiative, as well as the intern application form, can be found on the AII page on All completed forms should be emailed to in care of Pilar Jarrin at or 202-283-8946.

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  5.  Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

The IRS issued a news release on the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012. Included on the annual list is Abuse of Charitable Organizations and Deductions.

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  6.  Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors

In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization.  Before disaster strikes, review the tax rules that apply.  Find specialized disaster relief resources for charities and contributors on

Special tax rules may apply to exempt organizations affected by a federally declared disaster area.  Find IRS News Releases about the most recent disaster declarations and learn which exempt organization requirements may be postponed in a declared disaster on

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