[E-file Error Code F990PF-905-01] How do I resolve it?
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Applicable To
990-PF 990-N 990-EZ 990 8868 1120-POL

IRS Error Code [F990PF-905-01]:

If Form 990-PF, Item G, "Initial return of a former public charity" checkbox is not checked, then the EIN in the return must have been established as a private foundation return filer in the e-file database.

Rejection Message:

The organization has not been established as a private foundation with the IRS. Only private foundations can file Form 990-PF.

What does it mean:

The organization must establish itself as a private foundation to file a 990-PF return. Two possibilities would have led to the rejection of the form. The organization might have filed Form 1023 seeking exemption status, and wouldn't have heard back from the IRS. Or, the organization wouldn't have filed Form 1023 at all.

Resolution:

If you have filed your Form 1023 application with IRS, you need to wait until the IRS grants exempt status to the organization before filing Form 990-PF. Or, you can paper file the form by checking the box "exemption application is pending", and mailing it to the address as found here. If the IRS has rejected the return despite the organization having the exempt status, then we suggest you contact the e-help Desk Toll-Free Number 1-866-255-0654.

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