Articles of Incorporation
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$10.00-400.00, Depending on Revenue
Yes – Within a year of initial registration
990 EZ Requirement?
Annually, by May 1
State Income Tax
Sales Tax Exemption
Must file once every 5 years – $0
All organizations (except those classified as churches) are required to file an annual 990 form (990N, 990EZ, 990, or 990PF) to be exempt from Income Tax.
The 990 return is due on the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the organization’s fiscal year.
Failure to file for 3 consecutive years could cause your organization to lose tax-exempt status.
State Requirements for an Illinois Nonprofit
As you start creating your organization’s business plan, you’ll want to keep in mind that Illinois’ nonprofit articles of incorporation require filing reports annually to maintain 501c3 tax-exempt status. Most states will want you to verify contact information, your nonprofit Board members’ list, and information about the person who registered the nonprofit in Illinois. State compliance regulations may also request employee data and current sales tax exemption forms. The articles of incorporation for Illinois nonprofits may also require an annual or bi-annual report in order to maintain your organization’s operating license.
The societal impact of Illinois nonprofits is impressive. If you’re eager to create social change and help those in need, then launching your entrepreneurial nonprofit in Illinois may be a great idea. We encourage you to visit our Nonprofit Education Center to make sure you understand the basics, and our testimonials page to learn about other successful nonprofit entrepreneurs’ stories. Contact us if you have questions or want more information. We’re here to provide expert advice and assistance at any time.