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California Requirements for Nonprofit Documents

California State Registration Documents

Incorporation

Form

Articles of Incorporation

Business Entity Search

Fee

$30.00

Average Processing Time

15-20 Business Days

Signature Requirements

No Requirements

Electronic Filing?

No

Annual Report

State Requirement?

Yes

Due:

Within 90 days of incorporating with the state ; (then) Biennially (Every 2 years)

Fee:

$20

Other Exemptions

State Income Tax

Must file – no fee for 3500a

Sales Tax Exemption

Not exempt

Charity Registration

State Requirement?

Yes

Charity Registration Search

Fee

$25

Renewal Requirement?

Yes

990 EZ Requirement?

Yes

Tax Returns

“All organizations (except those classified as churches) in this state are required to file a 990EZ (or more complex) regardless of their minimum annual income. (No 990N is accepted).

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.”