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START A NONPROFIT PHASE 2

FILE FOR STATE CORPORATION STATUS


  • FILE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION (CORPORATE CHARTER)
    Be sure to file Tax-Exempt Non-Stock Articles of Incorporation. In order to have articles that will qualify your corporation for Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, you must have a dissolution clause that meets the requirements of the IRS indicating that if your organization is dissolved, “assets will be distributed for an exempt purpose described in 501(c)(3), or to the federal government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.”
    File with Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation, Corporate Charter Division. You may now also file electronically through the Maryland Business Express
    301 W. Preston Street, Room 801
    Baltimore, MD 21201-2395
    410.767.1340
    Fee: $170 ($150 fee plus $20 Organization & Capitalization Fee); we recommend you consider expedited service, which is an additional $50.
    Download Articles of Incorporation template

  • HOLD ORGANIZATIONAL BOARD MEETING
    Board members identified in the Articles of Incorporation elect slate of officers (including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer); bylaws are ratified; and Articles of Incorporation are accepted. Meeting minutes are taken to create a record of the meeting and elected officers. This meeting is required by law in order to complete formation of your corporation.  N.B. - Founders must understand the difference between serving on the Board and being employed as the Executive Director. We encourage founders to determine in advance of formation whether to serve as a volunteer board member or to serve as a paid staff member (e.g., Executive Director). 

  • OBTAIN FEDERAL EMPLOYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (EIN) FROM THE IRS
    You can file the form SS-4 online or by mail, phone, or fax.
    Internal Revenue Service
    Attn:  EIN Operations
    Cincinnati, OH 45999
    Phone: 800.829.4933
    FAX: 631.447.8960
    Apply for an Employer Identification Number


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