Most charities in Massachusetts must register annually with the IRS and the state Attorney General.
Starting a nonprofit is an exciting endeavor. You have the passion and ideas necessary to make a difference in the world, and now you’re ready to embark. Incorporating and obtaining your 501(c)(3) status will provide you with the corporate protection and tax-exempt status that can open doors for the funding you need to make your vision a reality.
However, we suggest that before you make such a big decision, you arm yourself with the knowledge of what forming a new entity will take and of which options are available to you. If you are seeking to create a public charity, the process typically includes the following steps:
Forming a board of directors
Creating key policies and procedures
Incorporating as a nonprofit corporation with the secretary of state
Registering with the Attorney General’s Office
Filing your application for tax exempt status with the IRS
We provide an initial consultation during which we will meet and discuss your organization, your options, and develop a plan for the option that is best. When we meet with clients we want to make sure that the time, energy, and money you expend are best used.
After this meeting there are two options:
You do most of the work. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, or have a very limited budget, we provide you with a road map to becoming a nonprofit and exempt organization. You do the bulk of the work and we review key documents and help you with key areas to help you obtain proper registration and exempt status. We charge an hourly rate and provide you with an estimate of hours so that you can budget accordingly.
We do most of the work. Most nonprofit leaders have plenty on their plate to get their organization up and running. Trying to figure out how to form a nonprofit organization and complete pages and pages of government forms is something they simply do not want or need to do. Having a nonprofit attorney with years of successful filings and incorporations under their belt also minimizes the chance of lengthy delays in getting approved for exempt status.
After our initial consultation we provide you with a scope of work necessary to get your organization up and running and your tax-exempt status approved. Fees can range from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on the complexity of your organization’s formation. See our Nonprofit Formation Program and Fees sheet for more details.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to set up an initial consultation.
385 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 484-6610
Fax: (617) 484-0035