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Nonprofit Elite provides expert counsel and outsourcing services to startup nonprofit organizations, including preparation of your formation documents, help through the 501c3 application process, and a full range of consulting and compliance solutions. No matter where you are in the startup process, we can help. Call 800.268.4388 with your questions today!

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Nonprofit Elite provided us with consultation, formation documents, and preparation of our 501c3 application – a first class experience from start to finish. Our goal was to do things the right way and that’s exactly what happened. Ben and his team were helpful at every step. We had our IRS approval in three months.”

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Understanding the 501c3 Application Process

Articles of Incorporation

Your first step is to Incorporate in your state by filing Articles of Incorporation. While there are other ways to form a 501c3 organization, such as setting up a trust or non-incorporated organization, filing articles is by far the most common method. Incorporation costs vary from state to state but typically fees are between $25-$125. The length of time to incorporate ranges from a few hours to several months, depending on the state and your filing method.

Tax ID Number and Bylaws

Your next steps are to obtain a Tax Identification Number from the IRS, also called your EIN or FEIN, and to create Organizational Bylaws that provide rules and management guidelines for your organization and directors. A customized set of Bylaws take a few days to prepare, and your Tax ID Number (EIN) can be obtained online in about 15 minutes. There are no state or federal filing fees associated with obtaining your EIN or creating Bylaws.
IRS Form 1023
The last step in the 501c3 application process is to file IRS Form 1023. This is by far the most complex and time-consuming step – even the IRS estimates 100+ hours of preparation time for a first time applicant. There is also a User Fee of $600, regardless of your organization’s projected annual revenue. IRS Form 1023 is submitted to the IRS for review along with signed copies of your formation documents, Bylaws, Tax ID Number, and any additional schedules and notes.

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