Charities Ready and Willing to E-file

Research Report

Charities Ready and Willing to E-file

Final Report

Abstract

The Internal Revenue Service and state charity offices have been seriously considering the possibility of implementing an electronic filing system for nonprofit organizations filing IRS Form 990 and annual state charity registration documents, in order to improve the quality of filed returns and reduce the cost of processing them. In order to provide objective information to decision makers about the potential for widespread adoption of e-filing in the nonprofit sector, the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute conducted a telephone survey of 485 nonprofit financial executives. The purpose of the survey was to assess nonprofit capacity to e-file, identify existing concerns and possible incentives, and describe the methods nonprofits currently use to prepare Form 990.

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