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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Internal Revenue Service responded to requests to expand the grace period from a May 15 deadline to October 1 as the nonprofit world transitions to all organizations needing to report annually. The good news is that about 2,500 Minnesota nonprofits heeded the call early this past spring (Risking 501(c)(3) status), but there are still roughly 5,000 that risk losing their charitable status for failure to file.

Starting with the 2007 tax year (filed in 2008 or 2009), all nonprofits, including the narrow band of 501(c)(3) charities, needed to file with the IRS. For tax year 2009 (filed in 2010 or 2011), all nonprofits with gross receipts of $25,000 or less must file the 990-N electronic postcard. Those with gross receipts of more than $25,000 and less than $500,000 and total assets of less than $1.25 million can file using the 990-EZ or 990. Those above that range must use the full 990. These numbers will change for tax year 2010 (filed in 2011 and later).

A quick scan of the list from the IRS shows the following Minnesota historical organizations:

Albany Heritage Society Inc                                          
Bechyn Historical Society                                            
Cokato Finnish American Historical Society                           
Columbia Heights Historical Society                                  
Duluth Preservation Alliance Inc                                     
Duluth Preservation Society Inc                                      
Fort Ridgely Historical Festival Inc                                 
Hennepin-Overland Railway Historical Society Inc          
Historic Dayton’s Bluff Association                                   
Historic Irvine Park Association                                     
Historic Pipestone Inc                                               
Historical Experiences Inc                                           
Hollandale Heritage Huis                                             
Hotel Kaddatz Preservation Association                               
Hmong Historical Society of Minnesota                                
Lanesboro Living Museum of Natural History                           
Lesueur County Historical Society Museum Chapter 1                   
Mesabi Heritage Society                                              
Minnesota Society of Architectural Historians                        
Minnesota Womens History Month                                       
Morristown Historical Society                                        
Ness Church Preservation Foundation                                  
New Prague Historical Society                                        
Nordic Heritage Association Inc                                      
Northwest Airways Inc Historical Society                             
NYA Pavilion Preservation                                            
Paul Bunyan Historical Society                                       
Plymouth Historical Society                                          
Regional Anishinabe Historical Society                               
Richfield Historical Society                                         
Salem Historical Church and Cemetery Association Inc                 
Southeastern Minnesota Living History Farm Inc                       
Talon Historical Society                                             
Trimont Area Historical Society Inc                                  
Truman Historical Association Incorporated                           
Ulen Historical-Recreation & Conservation Association Inc            
Woodbury Heritage Society

If you know any of these organizations, please take a moment to ask them where they are with filing. The history community in Minnesota has benefited from work each of these has done, so it would be unfortunate for any to lose their status unnecessarily. For more about the list, see the IRS website.

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