Congratulations!

Congratulations to our clients recently recognized by IRS as 501(c)(3) charities:

Plymouth Youth Soccer Association, Inc. (Plymouth, MA)

Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, Inc. (Mansfield, MA)

Jumpstart Your Fundraising!

What will give your organization the most bang for its fundraising buck?  Where should you put your effort?  What steps will make the most difference in bringing dollars to your nonprofit?  Find out when well-known local nonprofit leader and experienced grant-writer Lee Blake and development professional Kristen Sarkarati team up to present Jumpstart Your Fundraising at the Legal Center for Nonprofits on Wednesday, April 15, at 6:00 pm.  Admission is $10 per person, payable at the door.  But please pre-register as seating is limited!

Important Reminders!

Annual Filings!

Many nonprofit organizations have a calendar year fiscal year. If your organization is one of these, it’s time to think about required annual filings to the Internal Revenue Service (Form 990/990-EZ/990-N), and to the Charities Division of the MA Attorney General’s Office (Form PC), if your organization is a charity.  Go here for Form PC information.  Go here for IRS annual filing info.  Failure to file annually with IRS for 3 consecutive years results in automatic revocation of tax-exempt status.

If your organization did not file an Annual Report with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by the November 1st due date, you can and should still do so.  The form available here is very simple, and the filing fee is only $15.  Failure to file these Annual Reports for two consecutive years can result in revocation of your organization’s corporate status.  While corporate status can be revived, it’s expensive, and includes filing all missing Annual Reports, at $15 each.

MA Dept of Revenue

If your nonprofit organization is a corporation, it must register with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.  This is where charities apply to document exempt status from state corporate tax, as well as to apply for exemption from Massachusetts sales and use taxes. Organizations with staff will use the online portal for payroll tax filings.  Registration is entirely online, and you must provide an EIN (employer ID number) and your organization’s name must match the name on the EIN and on the Determination Letter. At the conclusion of the online registration, you will be provided a fax number to which you should submit your organization’s IRS tax-exempt status Determination Letter, and within a few weeks, you will receive the ST-2 certificate.  Present the ST-2 certificate when making organizational purchases to show that your organization is exempt from sales tax. Go here to register with MA DOR (Webfile for Business).

New Programs!

And finally, don’t miss our new programs! Check our Program page for the latest additions.

Tax-exempt Status! Congratulations!

We are proud to announce that

the Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc.,

has been recognized by the IRS as a

501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity!

But wait–we have more great news!

Congratulations to our Clients!

The following organizations have been recently recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt organizations:

Dudley L. Brown Post 2846 Veterans of Foreign Wars (Onset, MA)

Helfand Farm Community Gardens, Inc. (Dartmouth, MA)

Hemingway Language Institute, Inc. (Fall River, MA)

Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, Inc. (Marion, MA)

Mastery School of Independent Learning, Inc. (Fall River, MA)

Minuteman Chapter, Inc. (Dartmouth, MA)

Odie’s Place, Inc. (Dartmouth, MA)

SouthCoast Bikeway Alliance, Inc. (Taunton, MA)

 

 

 

 

Tax-exempt Status & the New IRS 1023-EZ on Dec 2!

 

          For very small organizations, applying for tax-exempt status has been a daunting task, between the lengthy forms and requirements, to the waiting period for the all-important determination. But that changed recently with the unveiling of IRS’s new Form 1023-EZ. Only 2 ½ pages long, the new application is a streamlined approach to tax-exempt status; however, organizations must meet certain criteria to use it.

          The new 1023-EZ, as well as the longer original 1023, will be discussed at the next program presented on Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 pm, by the Legal Center for Nonprofits at its office inside the Inter-Church Council House, 412 County Street, New Bedford. Admission is $10, and preregistration is recommended.

          To register or for more information, contact Attorney Linnea Michel at (508) 264-5996 or email

Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org.

Do you fundraise? Learn more tomorrow!

Is your organization registered with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO)?  If your organization is a charity that solicits gifts from the public–private donations, grants, etc. — then your organization should be registered with the MA AGO.  Other organizations that are not 501(c)(3) charities must also register in certain circumstances.  Learn more about this important filing requirement at our next program, “Is it a Charity?” on November 18, at 6:00 pm, at our office inside the Inter-Church Council House.  We’ll also discuss registering outside of Massachusetts and when that may be necessary.

 

 

What Do Nonprofit Boards Do?

The first questions nonprofit founders often ask are, “Why do I need a board of directors? What does a board do?” In fact, the nonprofit board of directors is a critical element in the success of a new—or any—nonprofit organization.

The next session of the Legal Center for Nonprofits’ Nonprofit Start-up Series, on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:00 pm, will provide an overview of what nonprofit boards of directors do, the key role the board plays in the nonprofit organization as it oversees the nonprofit’s programs and activities, and the board’s fiduciary duties to the nonprofit. We will also consider what happens if boards fail to carry out these duties and responsibilities. Call (508) 264-5996 or email Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information or to register. The admission fee is $10 per person.

This is the third session in the Nonprofit Start-up Series. Future sessions will consider tax-exempt status—what it means and how to get it. Start-up Series sessions are presented bi-weekly on Tuesdays; future sessions will be held on November 18, and December 2. All series sessions are at 6:00 pm at the Legal Center for Nonprofits office inside the Inter-Church Council house, 412 County Street, New Bedford, MA.  Admission fees apply unless otherwise indicated.

The Legal Center for Nonprofits, Inc., is a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with a mission to provide educational programming for the nonprofit community. Visit www.LegalCenterforNonprofits.org for more information about our programs.

Learn About Incorporation & Bylaws!

Incorporation is often the first concrete step on the path to creating a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. But is it the right step for your organization? Do you even need to incorporate? Can you afford to skip this step?

Incorporation is more than just filling out an online form. Nonprofit founders must understand what the answers to the form’s questions mean and how they might affect the nonprofit’s future and its ability to become tax-exempt. And what about bylaws? Find out about these important documents at the next program from the Legal Center for Nonprofits, on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:00 pm, at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, 412 County Street, New Bedford (inside the Inter-Church Council house). Admission for this program is $10, payable at the door. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. To register, contact Attorney Linnea Michel at (508) 264-5996 or email Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org.

This is the second session in the Nonprofit Start-up Series. Future sessions will cover the role of the board of directors, and how to seek tax-exempt status for your organization. Start-up Series sessions are presented bi-weekly on Tuesdays; future sessions will be held on October 28, November 18, and December 2. All series sessions are at 6:00 pm.

 

Changed Dates for Start-up Series!

The Nonprofit Start-up Series will get underway on Tuesday, September 30!  Please note that we’re returning on Tuesday nights!  This schedule change has been necessitated by a scheduling conflict.

Nonprofit Start-up Series Gets Underway September 17

The imminent arrival of Fall means back to school, and back to learning about nonprofit organizations!

Join us on Wednesday, September 17, for the first in our series, “Before You Begin”.  You’ll learn what it takes to start a nonprofit.

Following sessions will take you through the entire formation process.

Hope to see you in September!