10 common errors to avoid in completing a private foundation’s form 990-PF

For better or worse, the Form 990-PF is the document that the Internal Revenue Service, Congress, state regulators, the media, and the general public will examine when investigating your foundation’s activities. This checklist, intended for all audiences, highlights the most common errors that foundations make when filling out the Form 990 that could cast legitimate activity in a bad light, e.g., not filling out the entire form, not attaching appropriate schedules, or documenting administrative expenses incorrectly.