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Old 09-07-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Forming a small unregistered nonprofit?

Can I form a nonprofit in South Carolina and not register it with the IRS?

If I understand it would have to be small but if so can we avoid registration, is that right?

I would eventually register if the project takes off.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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It would still be a business, requiring a business return be filed with the IRS. It would not however have non profit tax status with them.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:09 AM   #3
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Can I form a nonprofit in South Carolina and not register it with the IRS?

If I understand it would have to be small but if so can we avoid registration, is that right?

I would eventually register if the project takes off.
Sure, anybody can start a non-profit business without registration. You can stand on the corner and sell widgets for less than you pay for them and you would be non-profit.

But if you want to be tax exempt, you have to register and get approval from the IRS.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:45 PM   #4
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There is one exception if your donors are under 5000 dollars per year.

You need not register basically till the 3 yr point.

But your tax exempt status is valid.
See the IRS web site.
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Default Re: Forming a small unregistered nonprofit?

That under 5000 dollars issue was discussed in another thread here.

I will try to find it later but yes it does exist.
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How much do I truly need to spend to set up my new nonprofit organization?
Is it required I have a lawyer do it?
I live in Maryland.
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How much do I truly need to spend to set up my new nonprofit organization?
Is it required I have a lawyer do it?
I live in Maryland.
Go to the IRS website and look up the publications for non-profit organizations.

What you spend on professional advice is entirely up to you.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:39 AM   #8
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Most people IMO will need some legal help in establishing and running a non-profit.
But as noted on this site, if it is just a one time project you need to raise funds for a charitable cause, such organizations can be done very informally while still maintaining tax exempt status.

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I tried digging through all the IRS material myself last week, and I must confess I found it overwhelming and certainly not something that I can or will do myself.
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