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Category : > Non Profit Religious and Non Religious Organization
Posted On : Sun Aug 28th,2016

 
How to File Non Profit Corporation in California?
 


What is a Non Profit Corporation of California?

 

The purpose of creating a Non Profit Corporation is to help people or a place to worship.It can be a religious or non religious corporation. It is incorporated under the State and Federal Laws.

 

Tips to file a Non Profit Corporation with the California Secretary of State

 

Many documents cannot be filed because of name issues, errors, omissions, or misstatements contained in the proposed filings submitted to this office. California Secretary of state does not give you legal advice and we recommend to consult with a professional.

 

How to File a Non Profit Corporation or Organization with The California Secretary of State? 

 

  • File Articles of Incorporation of a Nonprofit Religious Corporation or Non Relegious Corporation.
  • Search proposed corporate name with the California Secretary of State before filing and you can also reserve a name.
  • Service of process-Provide registered agent name and address to process your application. Registered agent can be a person or an entity.
  • Corporate address must be a physical address and PO Box is not acceptable.
  • Incorporator must sign the Articles of Incorporation of a Non Profit Corporation.

 

 How to Create a 501C3 or Exempt Status in California? 

 

  • Federal tax law provides tax benefits to nonprofit organizations recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). It requires that most organizations apply to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for that status.
  • This IRS Publication 4220 presents general guidelines for organizations that seek tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. Content includes references to the statute, Treasury regulations, other IRS publications that explain the requirements for tax-exempt status, and IRS forms with instructions. Publication 4220 is neither comprehensive nor intended to address every situation. As an alternative to applying for exemption, an organization may obtain many of the benefits of 501(c)(3) status by affiliating with an existing charity that acts as its agent. It is important to note that the existing charity must be given full control and authority over the program.
  • The benefits of having 501(c)(3) status include exemption from federal income tax and eligibility to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. To qualify for these benefits, most organizations must file an application with, and be recognized by, the IRS as described in this publication. Another benefit is that some organizations may be exempt from certain employment taxes.
  • Individual and corporate donors are more likely to support organizations with 501(c)(3) status because their donations can be tax deductible. Recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC assures foundations and other grant-making institutions that they are issuing grants or sponsorships to permitted beneficiaries.
  • An IRS determination of 501(c)(3) status is recognized and accepted for other purposes. For example, state and local officials may grant exemption from income, sales or property taxes. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service offers reduced postal rates to certain organizations.

 

 What is California Exempt Status?

 

Nonprofit corporations in California are not automatically exempt from paying California franchise tax or income tax each year. You have apply for the exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Maintenance of Non Profit Organization in California

 

Every Non Profit Corporation in California is required to file a State of Information California to keep the nonprofit entity in good standing.


Maintain books and Records and Open Bank Account

 

Every non profit entity is required to maintain contribution and distribution of funds. You should open a separate bank account to record our your non profit activities.

 

Report to Internal Revenue Service and Secretary of State

 

You may have to file annual returns with the Internal Revenue Service and Secretary of State. We recommend you to consult with your CPA to follow your deadlines. 

 

Do you need a Seller's Permit in California? 

 

You are required to obtain a seller's permit to purchase stuff for your non profit corporation. 

 

Can you open a Non Profit in California as a Non US Resident?

 

You can Open a Non Profit Corporation with the California Secretary of State as a Non US Resident without having a social security number.

 

 Useful Links:

https://www.sos.ca.gov/

https://www.boe.ca.gov/

  


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