Should IRS Form 990 filings be made public by Exempt Organizations?
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The IRS requires every exempt organization to make its Form 990 filings available for public inspection and copying. The annual return copy of Form 990 must include all the information furnished to the IRS including all the statements, attachments, and supporting documents.
Purpose of making the Form 990 public
The information in the form is useful for both the public and any individual who researches an organization to know about its mission, program's accomplishments, and finances.
It also provides an option for people and other donors who are interested to support a particular organization by evaluating them based on the accomplishments done by the organization.
Where to view an Organization's 990 Form
You can search for a nonprofit organization's Form 990 with the IRS. However, many nonprofit organizations make their information return public either through a website post, formal notice, or upon request. You can also view them at Guidestar, an organization that provides information about nonprofits.
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Since Form 990 provide valuable information for donors as well as the public, every nonprofit organization should make sure that the information return filled correctly and filed on time.