Checklist for New Nonprofit Corporations

Checklist for New Nonprofit Corporations

Incorporating your nonprofit and obtaining tax-exempt status are just two of many required steps. The following is a list of things to do or consider after starting a new nonprofit corporation.

  • Establish a corporate banking account.
  • Contact the state tax board for information about obtaining a state tax ID number and see if additional information must be submitted for state tax exemption.
  • Check with the state Department of Consumer Affairs or Business Licensing to obtain any required business licenses or permits.
  • Contact the state Attorney General's Office to see if registration or reporting is required.
  • Find out about workers' compensation if you will have employees.
  • Protect your trade name - contact LegalZoom for information on federal trademark and copyright services as well as fictitious business name registration.
  • Definition of a Nonprofit Corporation
    A Nonprofit corporation is a special type of corporation that has been organized to meet specific tax-exempt purposes. To qualify for Nonprofit status, your corporation must be formed to benefit: (1) the public, (2) a specific group of individuals, or (3) the membership of the Nonprofit. Examples...
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  • Reasons to Form a Nonprofit Corporation
    As someone involved with a charitable cause, you might be weighing the benefits of formally organizing your nonprofit. While it might take a little extra work, only with a state-recognized nonprofit corporation can you obtain private and public grants, low-cost postage rates and be exempt from...
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  • Comparing a Nonprofit to an LLC or Corporation
    Nonprofit corporations enjoy the same liability protection as regular corporations and limited liability companies. In other words, your directors, trustees, members, and employees are not generally responsible for corporate debts and liabilities. There are also significant federal and state tax...
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  • Tax Exemption for Nonprofits
    Forming a nonprofit corporation with your state does not automatically qualify you for federal tax exemption with the IRS. Once you have created your nonprofit by filing the necessary documents with your state, if you want federal tax exemption, you must file a separate application with the IRS....
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  • Commercial Rights of Nonprofits
    The fact that a corporation is a nonprofit does NOT mean the corporation cannot sell goods or services for money. In fact, many nonprofits make money selling everything from clothing to medical services. A nonprofit can pay salaries to officers and employees. But, in order to maintain nonprofit...
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  • Managing a Nonprofit Corporation
    Directors are responsible for the management and operation of a nonprofit corporation. Nonprofit directors can serve with or without compensation. If you decide to compensate directors, remember that compensation must be deemed "reasonable" by the IRS. Directors are under the same constraints of...
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