As noted in Letter to Credit Unions No. 99, for the past several years, NCUA has filed a consolidated Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 (“Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax”) -- an informational return -- for all Federal credit unions (“FCU’s”). In 1987, Congress amended the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) by adding subsection (e) to Section 6104 which requires that a.copy of the annual return filed by tax-exempt organizations will be made available by such or Sanizations for inspection for three years. We have contacted the IRS to determine whether it would be appropriate for the NCUA to continue filing a consolidated Form 990 in light of the new disclosure requirements for tax exempt organizations.
The Internal Revenue Service has now informed us that, according to their regulations, organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(1) of the IRC do not have to file an informational return or make such return available for inspection. (See Section 1.6033-2(g) (vi) of the Income Tax regulations, 26 C.F.R. 1.6033-2(g)(1)(vi).) Since FCU’s are tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (1) of the IRC, FCU’s are not required to file or maintain an informational tax return. Accordingly, NCUA will no longer file a consolidated Form 990.
A copy of the letter from the Internal Revenue Service is attached.
DONALD E. JOHNSON
Executive Director Attachment