Understanding IRS Error Codes: Fixing an Incorrect Exempt Status on 990 Returns

Welcome to the next installment of our ‘Understanding IRS Error Codes’ blog! 

If you receive any of the following  E-file Error Code F990-913-01, F990-912-01, or F990-PF-906-01: this is an indication that the the tax-exempt status section in the return doesn’t match with the IRS E-file database, or the type of organization chosen in the Form 990-PF didn’t match with the IRS E-file database.

In this blog, we will break down the different error codes associated with indicating an incorrect tax-exempt status, what they mean, and the next steps for correcting this. 

What is Error Code F990-913-01, F990-912-01, or F990-PF-906-01?

These errors indicate that the tax-exempt status you provided on your 990 series return does not match what the IRS has on file for your organization. 

A tax-exempt status is determined by the IRS as a category in which your organization operates, such as a 501(c)(3). 

If you receive the above-stated error, that means the status provided, is not the same as what is in the IRS records. 

This information is indicated in the organization’s IRS determination letter. 

Next Steps: Checking Your Determination Letter

First, reference your IRS determination letter or previously filed and accepted tax forms. If you do not have this documentation, you will need to contact the IRS to determine what our organization’s tax-exempt status is. 

The IRS Tax Exempt Hotline is 877-829-5500. When you call the IRS, you should have your EIN and organization name readily available. 

Retransmit Rejected Returns for Free with Tax 990!

Once you have worked through the rejection with the IRS and confirmed your organization’s tax-exempt status, you can edit your return if necessary and retransmit it to the IRS. 

If your 990 returns filed with Tax990 were rejected for IRS errors, you can fix the errors and retransmit the return for free.

There are 5 simple steps to retransmit your rejected return.

  • Log into your Tax 990 account
  • Identify the rejected return from your ‘Home’ or your ‘990 Series’ page.
  • Once you’ve identified your rejected return, click on the “Rejected by the IRS” button to find the list of identified errors. Then, click the “Fix Me” button against the error code
  • Based on the filing method you have chosen earlier, you’ll be taken to a corresponding page where you can choose the exempt status.
  • Review your form details and click the “Transmit” button to re-transmit your return to the IRS at no additional cost. After re-transmitting the return, you’ll receive updates about its status.

File Accurate and Complete Forms with Tax 990

With Tax 990, errors are no big deal. If there are any mistakes made while filling out your 990 return, you’ll be notified by our internal audit check system. Then, you’ll have the chance to correct any errors before you transmit the form to the IRS.

You can also find additional help on our website, which is full of guides, blogs, and videos about e-filing your 990 series form. Our dedicated customer support team is available to answer questions from Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EST via email, live chat, and phone.

Tax990’s website includes numerous guides, instructional videos, and FAQs that can help our clients with their issues. 

Check out last week’s blog here to learn how to correct an incorrect tax year on 990 Returns!

Simplify your filing experience today with Tax 990!

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