Nonprofit Startup (US Citizens, LPR's, and Non-US Citizens)

Starting a Nonprofit Organization in New Jersey 

Step 1 – Plan

Do research and planning on: whether your organization should be incorporated; what to state in the certificate of incorporation or other organizing documents; and whether you want the certificate of incorporation or other organizing documents to meet the requirements for obtaining a particular Federal exemption status, such as Section 501(c)(3) status. For information on Federal exemption, obtain Publication 557 from the Internal Revenue Service (see resource list below).

Step 2 – Draft Organizing Documents

Your organization's certificate of incorporation or other organizing documents will include a statement of the organization's purposes and certain nonprofit provisions. The resources available to help you draft a certificate of incorporation or other organizing documents include library materials, private attorneys, and organizations that assist other organizations, such as the Center for Nonprofit Corporations in North Brunswick, New Jersey. For information on drafting a certificate of incorporation, see Incorporation, below.

Step 3 – Apply for Federal Employer Identification Number

The Internal Revenue Service advises all organizations to obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), including organizations that do not have employees. If the organization has employees or applies for an IRS determination letter of exemption, the IRS will require the organization to have an FEIN. If the organization opens a bank account in the organization's name, the bank will require the organization to have an FEIN. To request an FEIN, file Federal Form SS-4, or contact the IRS by phone (see resource list below). You may also be able to obtain Form SS-4 from certain libraries and post offices.

Step 4 – Apply for Federal Exempt Status, if Required or Desired

Consult IRS Publication 557, IRS representatives, or private professional advisors to determine whether your organization is required to or should obtain an exemption determination from the Internal Revenue Service. For further information, see Federal Tax Exempt Status below or call the IRS at 1-877-829-5500.

Step 5 – Comply With Charities Registration Requirements

Many organizations, including all 501(c)(3) organizations (except certain religious or educational institutions), are required to register with the New Jersey Charities Registration Section. For more detailed information concerning whether your organization is required to register and how to register, contact the Charities Registration Section at 973-504-6215 (see resource list below for complete name, address, and Web site.)

Step 6 – Consider Applying for Sales and Use Tax Exemption

If your organization is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) organization (or a parent-teacher, fire co., emergency, or veterans' organization), the organization may apply for exemption from New Jersey sales and use tax. Your organization will not be exempt from paying or collecting sales tax until the organization applies to the Division of Taxation by completing Form REG-1E. For details, see NJ Sales and Use Tax Exemption below.

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Non-Profit Public Charity
EIN - 88-1181385
New Jersey Charities Registration Number
Registration Number : CH4472200
1 - 862- 200 - 9750
Pontis Community Services
625 Broad Street Ste. 240
Newark, NJ 07102