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Common questions about Form 990 Political Campaign and Lobbying in Lacerte

by Lacerte Tax 2023 Updated 9 months ago

Use Screen 53.1, Pol. Acts & Lobbying (Sch. C), to indicate the organization is engaged in direct or indirect political campaigns to complete Parts I-A, I-B, I-C of Schedule C by checking the box, Engaged in direct or indirect political campaigns.

Why is the question on Line 4 is blank on Form 990, Page 3, Part IV? Neither Yes or No is marked.

This question will remain blank until the entity is identified as a Section 501(c)(3) organization. If this entity is a Section 501(c)(3), it must be indicated on Screen 1 Client Information. To do this:

  1. Scroll down to the Return Info section and select 501(c) corp. as the 990-T Return Type.
  2. Just below this section, enter a 3 for the 501 (c) Paragraph No. Once this has been entered, the question will show a No by default.
  3. To change this to a yes, go to Screen 53, Political Campaign & Lobbying Acts (Sch C).
  4. In the section Lobbying Expenditures enter either a 1 or a 2.  This will change line 4 to yes.
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