Florida

Please refer to your local statutes for the most up-to-date requirements.

Articles of incorporation

Business entity search
 
https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/
Additional info
 
Fee: $70
Processing: 5-6 weeks (estimate)
Signatures: Original signature required

Corporate annual report

Notes
 
Nonprofit corporations are required to file an annual report. Failure to file an annual report will result in being dissolved by the state.
Business entity search
 
https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/
Form (e-file)
 
Link: https://services.sunbiz.org/Filings/AnnualReport/FilingStart
Due: Annually, by May 1
Fee: $61.25

Charity registration

Notes
 
All charitable organizations must register prior to engaging in solicitation activities in Florida, and renew annually thereafter. The Department shall annually provide a renewal statement to each registrant by mail at least sixty (60) days before the renewal date. The expiration date for charitable organizations is one (1) year from the initial date of compliance with registration requirements.
Filing exemption available!
 
Rule: Gross receipts of less than $25,000.00
Not eligible if using a professional fundraiser.
Link: SMALL CHARITABLE OGRANIZATIONS/SPONSORS APPLICATION
http://forms.freshfromflorida.com/10110.pdf
Due: Prior to soliciting funds; Exemption must be renewed annually
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge
Initial form (e-file)
 
Link: https://csapp.800helpfla.com/csrep/
Due: Prior to soliciting funds (unless exempt from filing)
Fee: $10.00
Renewal form (e-file)
 
Link: https://csapp.800helpfla.com/csrep/
Due: Upon receipt of renewal statement mailed by state (60 days notice) (unless exempt from filing)
Fee: Varies based on preceding year's contributions

Income/franchise tax exemption

 

Sales tax exemption

Notes
 
Sales tax exemption in Florida is not required, but is recommended. You will not be exempt from sales tax unless you file.

Mail applications to:
Account Management/Exemptions
Florida Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 6480
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6480
Initial form
 
Link: DR-5
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/current/dr5.pdf
Due: n/a
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge
Required attachments:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Thoroughly check form instructions for any additional required documents
Renewal form
 
Link:
Due: Every 5 years, once submitted, the state will perform a review (60 days prior to the due date) using public record to determine if the organization meets all sales tax exemption requirements. If the state needs additional information, they will reach out.
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge
Required attachments:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Thoroughly check form instructions for any additional required documents

Tax department

Raffle (games of chance)

Notes
 
Group must be in existence for 5 years.
Filing information
 
Link: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=849.094&URL=0800-0899/0849/Sections/0849.094.html
Due: Before event
Fee: $100.00

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