Electronically filing 990-PF estimates

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You can file 990-PF estimates only with the return. Follow these steps to create the tax return electronic file if estimates are to be paid by Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW).

  1. Open Screen ELF-2 in the Electronic Filing Folder.
  2. Mark the Electronic funds withdrawal for Form 990-PF estimated payments checkbox.
  3. On Screen ELF-2 in the Electronic Filing Folder, enter the client's bank account information.
  4. Choose View > Diagnostics to review all diagnostic messages in the Federal Diagnostics window.
  5. Click any item displayed in the window to open the corresponding screen to address the diagnostic message. Verify that you have cleared all Critical and ELF Critical diagnostic messages and have reviewed the FYI diagnostic messages, and then close the Federal Diagnostics window.
  6. Choose File > Print Returns.
  7. Mark the Government copy and the Create electronic file checkboxes.
  8. Print the return to generate the electronic file either to a printer or to FileCabinet CS.
  9. Transmit the electronic returns using CS Connect. In CS Connect, you will have a single file that includes the tax return and all estimate payments.


    • If you are filing a return after the due date for the estimated tax payments, you must make the estimated payments through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Clear the Electronic funds withdrawal for Form 990-PF estimated payments field in Screen ELF in the Electronic Filing folder. Then, select the appropriate EFTPS option in the Estimate field in Screen Letter in the General folder.
    • The IRS requires estimates to be withdrawn on the 15th of the month (adjusted for weekends and holidays); therefore, fields are not provided to enter withdrawal dates.
    • You cannot electronically file estimates separately or with extensions. Estimates can be electronically filed only with returns.

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