Charities - Instructions for Requesting an Extension

Is there a fee for extensions?

No. Extensions are free.


Your system gave me an automatic three-month extension, but we need more time than that. Can I request an additional extension?

As of January 1, 2013, charitable organizations receive an automatic 3-month extension. You can request an additional 3-month extension through our website if you need more time. Organizations that file Form 990-T and request an extension with the IRS may need to file a separate extension through our website, since our automatic extension is for only three months (the IRS grants 990-T organizations a six-month extension).

Even though the electronic filing system will enter an automatic three-month extension, be aware that by law, charities must still file a renewal and financial report with us by the 15th day of the fifth month after the organization’s fiscal year, unless the IRS authorizes a later date for filing the organization’s Form 990. We may request documentation of the IRS authorization.


The IRS has changed their procedures so that there is only one extension that is good for six months. Do we also get an automatic six-month extension from you?

No. Your organization will get an automatic three-month extension from us, but you must request a second extension to add an additional three months.

You must file a request for a second extension on or before the 15th day of the eighth month after the end of your fiscal year.

See "How do I request an additional extension?"


When should I request an additional extension?

Extension requests should be made before the original or extended deadline has passed to avoid late fees and preserve your status.


How do I request an additional extension?

  • Click on "File a document".

  • Click on "File Extension" in the list of available transactions.

  • Review the information on the extension request page.

  • When you have completed the form, click on "Sign extension" at the bottom of the page to submit it.

  • The next page will confirm the filing of the extension and tell you what your new (extended) due date is.


I’m a preparer for an organization. Do I still need an authorized officer to login and sign an extension request?

No. A preparer can file an extension on behalf of an organization without an authorized officer’s signature.


Can I get an extension for a campaign financial report?

No. The deadline for filing a campaign financial report can't be extended. All campaign reports are due within 90 days of the end of a solicitation campaign. Failure to file on time will result in late fees. Continued failure to file a report will eventually result in the fundraiser's registration being suspended.

I’m a paid solicitor or professional fundraising consultant. Can I file for an extension?

No. Extensions are only available to charitable organizations.