IRS 990 Filing Data Now Available as an AWS Public Data Set
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We are excited to announce that over one million electronic IRS 990 filings are available via Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Filings from 2011 to the present are currently available and the IRS will add new 990 filing data each month.
Form 990 is the form used by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gather financial information about nonprofit organizations. By making electronic 990 filing data available, the IRS has made it possible for anyone to programmatically access and analyze information about individual nonprofits or the entire nonprofit sector in the United States. This also makes it possible to analyze it in the cloud without having to download the data or store it themselves, which lowers the cost of product development and accelerates analysis.
Each electronic 990 filing is available as a unique XML file in the “irs-form-990” S3 bucket in the AWS US East (N. Virginia) region. Information on how the data is organized and what it contains is available on the IRS 990 Filings on AWS Public Data Set landing page.
Some of the forms and instructions that will help you make sense of the data reported:
990 – Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Annual Form 990 Requirements for Tax-Exempt Organizations
990-EZ – 2015 Form 990-EZ, Instructions for IRS 990 EZ – Internal Revenue Service
990-PF – 2015 Form 990-PF, 2015 Instructions for Form 990-PF
As always, use caution with law related data as words may have unusual nuances and/or unexpected meanings.
These forms and instructions are only a tiny part of a vast iceberg of laws, regulations, rulings, court decisions and the like.
990* disclosures aren’t detailed enough to pinch but when combined with other data, say leaked data, the results can be remarkable.