Articles of Incorporation
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Within 90 days of incorporating with the state; (then) Biennially (Every 2 years)
State Income Tax
Must file – no fee for 3500a
Sales Tax Exemption
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.
California Nonprofit Articles Of Incorporation
Starting a California nonprofit is not that much harder than any other state. All you need to file with the state is:
- A unique name that is not deceptively similar to another business on record
- A statement of purpose: preferably a broad one to allow your organization to evolve and grow without having to contact the state and make changes
- Choose a California nonprofit corporation structure between:
- Public benefit
- Mutual benefit
- Mutual benefit common interest development
- The agent for service of process: a business or person with a California address who can receive legal notices and official correspondence for the nonprofit
- Limitations on your operations that will keep you in line for tax-exempt status
- The organization’s address
- Dedication and dissolution clauses
There is a boilerplate template on the California Secretary of State’s website that you can use to draft your California nonprofit articles of incorporation, but keep in mind it doesn’t include any of the specific language you will need if you intend to apply for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status with the IRS.
California Nonprofit Requirements For Tax Exemption
Once you have filed for your 501(c) tax exemption and received your federal determination letter, you can file for California tax exemption using a form and a copy of your IRS letter.
Technically, you don’t have to have your official 501(c) status to get tax exemption in California, but the form to get tax exemption without a federal determination letter is much more complex.
California Nonprofit Status
Along with your federal form 990, you’ll have to file a report with the state of California to keep your organization compliant. The initial report is due within 90 days of the date of incorporation and should be filed annually after that.
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