Minnesota

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

Articles of incorporation

Business entity search
 
https://mblsportal.sos.state.mn.us/Business/Search
Additional info
 
Fee: $90
Processing: 5 business days (estimate)
Signatures: No special requirements at this time

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://mblsportal.sos.state.mn.us/Business/Search
Form (e-file)
 
Link: https://mblsportal.sos.state.mn.us/
Due: Annually, by December 31
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge

Charity registration

Filing exemption available!
 
Rule: Gross receipts of less than $25,000.00
Link:
Due: n/a
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge
Initial form
 
Link: CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION INITIAL REGISTRATION
http://www.ag.state.mn.us/charity/Forms/Char_InitRegForm.pdf
Due: Prior to soliciting funds (unless exempt from filing)
Fee: $25.62
Required attachments:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Your most recent 990 series return
  • Thoroughly check form instructions for any additional required documents
Renewal form
 
Link: CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION ANNUAL REPORT FORM
http://www.ag.state.mn.us/charity/Forms/Char_AnnRepForm.pdf
Due: Due annually for registered organizations on the 15th day of the 7th month following your fiscal year end. For example, if your fiscal year ends on December 31, the form is due July 15. You must complete the initial registration form again, but you are not required to complete section B. (unless exempt from filing)
Fee: $25.62
Required attachments:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Your most recent 990 series return
  • Thoroughly check form instructions for any additional required documents

Income/franchise tax exemption

 

Sales tax exemption

Notes
 
Sales tax exemption in Minnesota is not required, but is recommended. To apply for exemption you must submit the appropriate forms.
Initial form
 
Link: Sales Tax Exemption Application
http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/Forms_and_Instructions/st16.pdf
Due: n/a
Fee: None, to the best of our knowledge
Required attachments:

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Signed copy of Articles of Incorporation
  • Income and expense statement or budget for the last accounting period
  • A letter or brochure explaining your organization's activities
  • Documentation that your organization meets the following criteria for being a charity as defined by Minnesota:
    • The organization must be supported in part by benevolent contributions
    • The organization must provide its charitable goods/services to recipients free or at least reduced costs
    • The organization must be open to the public generally without restriction
    • The organization must be organized and operated so that its charitable aids reach an indefinite number of people
    • The organization must be organized and operated so that its commercial activities, if any, are subordinate to or incidental to its charitable activities
  • Thoroughly check form instructions for any additional required documents

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