Filing Guide for NonProfit 501(c) Tax Exemption

Starting California NonProfit Organizations and Corporations

A California Organization seeking to become recognized as a 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)6 or any of the other types of I.R.S. Exempt Organizations are first be required to become a Non Profit entity recognized by the State of California.

The State of California exercises greater regulatory oversight of NonProfit Organizations than all but a few other states, and it is important to consider all the options when establishing your own California NonProfit Organization to insure you end up with the most practical and beneficial entity for the type of work you perform or that you intend to perform. The time to establish the most appropriate formation type is before you start a California NonProfit and not once you are already committed to any specific organization filing.

The California Secretary of State, the California Franchise Tax Board and in almost all cases the California Attorney General each have required applications or notices that must be filed for full compliance with the requirements for different types of California Non Profits.

Failing to comply with all of the California Agencies that will regulate your California NonProfit will lead to suspension of your NonProfit Organization. This is a common occurrence for a substantial percentage of California Non Profits who by their third year find their Non Profit on suspension for failure to meet all filing requirements. At Tax Free Charity the processes are set up to guarantee your full compliance both through the recognition period and following that with your annual and biennial filing requirements.