The Internal Revenue Service said it has begun mailing educational letters this month to more than 650,000 small tax-exempt organizations to let them know they need to start submitting a new annual electronic notice known as an e-Postcard.Form 990-N, the electronic notice they have to send, is intended for tax-exempt organizations with gross receipts of $25,000 or less. Until the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, charities of that size weren't required to submit either the Form 990 or 990-EZ.

The 2006 law now requires them to electronically file the 990-N e-Postcard annually, starting in calendar year 2008.

The IRS intends to set up a reporting system that will allow the organizations to file their e-Postcards free of charge. The agency will announce the system on the site when it's available.

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