IRS Form 990-N (e-postcard)

    There is a new tool on the IRS website, "Exempt Organizations Select Check," that will let chapters/states find out whether or not your tax exempt status has been automatically revoked, or if your chapter/state has filed the 990N e-Postcard.  To search by EIN click here.

    Since 2007 the IRS has required all states and chapters to file an annual report. There are two categories for reporting/filing:

    1.  States and chapters with gross receipts of less than $50,000 will file an annual  electronic notice, Form 990-N also known as the e-Postcard;

    2.   States and chapters with gross receipts of $50,000 or more are required to file the   more extensive Form 990 or 990-EZ. 

    The 990-N (e-Postcard) must be filed electronically.  There is no paper form.  If the chapter treasurer or chapter president does not have Internet access, she will need to use the Internet connection at a school, library or the home of another chapter member. 

    Filing Deadline:  The e-Postcard is due every year by the 15th day of the fifth month after the close of your state or chapter’s fiscal year.  For example, if your fiscal year is June 1 through May 31, your e-Postcard must be filed after May 31 and before October 15.  

    Penalty:  The IRS will revoke the tax-exempt status of a state or chapter who fails to meet the annual filing requirement for three consecutive years and possibly Alpha Delta Kappa’s tax-exempt status.

    How to File the 990-N (E-Postcard)

    Go to

    1.  If you already have a Login ID and Password, click on "Create new e-Postcard" and login.

    2.  If you have not yet registered or have forgotten your Login ID and/or Password, click on "Register as a New User" and follow the directions.  If you need assistance, please call the toll-free 990-N e-Postcard website customer service number, 866-255-0654.

    3.  After logging in, the top of the screen should read “Electronic Notice – Form 990-N (e-Postcard) Organization Information.”

    a.         Enter your chapter or state's EIN.

    b.         Line A  Your chapter’s fiscal year (12 month tax period).  The box will be filled and you will not be able to change it.  If the fiscal year is not correct, see item 12 in these instructions.

    c.         Line B  Click on the arrow in the top box and select “No.” and in the bottom box click on the arrow and select “Yes”

    d.         Line C  “Line 1”  The box will say “ALPHA DELTA KAPPA SORORITY.  Leave the second box in Line 2 blank.

    e.         Click on the print icon on the toolbar and then click “Next Page”

    4.       This screen is asking for the organization address and principal officer information.

    a.         Click on “Save Changes” box

    b.         In the first box (DBA), type your state and chapter.  Example:  Iowa Alpha Lambda Chapter

                c.         Skip the second box.

                d.         “In Care of Name” box, type in your chapter president's name

                e.         “United States” should appear in the next box.

                f.          Line 1 of mailing address, type in “1615 W 92nd Street”

                g.         Skip the next box.

                h.         In “City or town” box, type “Kansas City”

                i.          In “State” box, type in “Missouri”

                j.          In “Zip Code” box, type in “64114”

                k.         In Line E, type in, or leave it blank

                l.          Line F, click on box arrow and select “Person”

                m.        In “Person Name” box, type in your current chapter president’s name

    n.         In the following address boxes, repeat the information exactly as it appears in the section above, providing Headquarters' full address.

    o.         Click on the print icon on the toolbar and then click “Save Changes” and finally, click on “Submit Filing to IRS”.

    5.       This screen will say “ Form 990-N (e-Postcard) Submitted”

    a.         Within 30 minutes you should receive an email from the IRS, indicating whether your e-Postcard was accepted or rejected.  Print this confirmation. Notify your state treasurer that your 990-N has been accepted by the IRS and file all copies of the screen prints and emails in your permanent file.  If rejected, the email will contain instructions on how to correct the problem.

    b. Please forward a copy of your 990-N e-Postcard acceptance to for credit in the Pearls of Achievement program.

    6.       If your tax period (See Item 9.) was incorrect, there is one more step to the process.  You must write the IRS a letter stating your name and chapter office, your chapter name and EIN number and say that in filing the 990-N the incorrect fiscal year was listed for your chapter and request that the fiscal year be changed to June 1 to May 31. (International Headquarters is making an effort to align the fiscal years of all states and chapters with International's, June 1-May 31, to make it easier to remind states and chapters to file annually, preserving tax exempt status.)   Send the letter to:


    ATTN: EO Entity

    MS 62373

    Ogden, UT  84201

    Or FAX it to (801) 620-3249




    Questions:   If you have questions, call Headquarters at 1-800-247-2311.

                        If you have technical problems, call the 990-N e-Postcard service provider toll free at




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