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Starting a Nonprofit

How to Start a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

There have been a number of changes to state and federal laws regulating the nonprofit sector since the last revision of our publication, "Starting a Tax-Exempt Nonprofit in Michigan." We are working to update this publication.

For up-to-date information, "Guide for Nonprofit Startup," published by our colleagues at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), is available for $40.

Check the MNA Statewide Events Calendar for trainings on this subject.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014The Internal Revenue Service has issued a simplified application process for smaller organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Organizations with expected annual receipts of $50,000 and assets of less than $250,000 are eligible to file the three-page form.  The IRS Form 1023-EZ (which must be filed electronically), instructions, and application process (Revenue Procedure 2014-40) are now available on the IRS website. 

For additional tax information on charitable organizations and other nonprofits, visit the IRS website.

For current information on procedures and requirements for general administration and enforcement statues, registering your organization, and fundraising; visit the State of Michigan Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section.



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