IRS Filing Requirements for Local Clubs


In the United States, Civitan clubs, as tax-exempt organizations, must annually file with a Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service.


  • Club’s with gross receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 are required to file Form 990-EZ.
  • Those with gross receipts greater than $200,000 must file a Form 990.

For important filing information, including guidance on which form to file or what to do if you cannot find your EIN number, please see the IRS Charities and Non-Profits website. This link will include information related to: 1) how to verify your club’s EIN , (if you do not know your club’s EIN, email 2) filing requirements, 3) how to be reinstated if your club loses tax-exempt status, and 4) other resources for tax-exempt organizations.

Helpful Hints:

  • Everyone filing a 990 will need to create a new user account the first time they file. 
  • The tax return year for your filing should coincide with the beginning of your tax year. So, for example, if your fiscal year is 10-1-22 to 9-30-23 (like most clubs), the tax return you will file for that year is the 2022 return.
  • Most clubs are listed as Civitan International with the IRS. When you enter your EIN, do not try to change the name to your club’s name.
  • Form 990, 990-EZ and 990-N are due to the IRS within 5 (four and one half) months of the club’s year end. For a September 30 year end, that deadline would be February 15th.


Civitan clubs in the United States are classified as 501(c)(4) civic league / social welfare organizations with the Internal Revenue Service. Failure to file an annual return for three (3) consecutive years can result in a revocation of your tax-exempt status. Reinstatement of your tax-exempt status is possible if proper procedures are followed.

 Civitan International does not currently maintain records of your club’s IRS history, but you may contact Civitan International at 1-800-CIVITAN, ext. 121, or via email If you are notified by the IRS your club has lost its tax-exempt status for failure to file a return, or if you receive any other correspondence for the IRS regarding your club’s past returns or its exempt status, please contact Mary M. Luck, Director of Compliance, as soon as possible.