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Definition - Audited Financial Statements
A report by an independent auditor, attesting to the fairness of presentation of the financial statements and related disclosures.
Definition - Reviewed Financial Statements
A more limited report that verifies that there are no material modifications that need to be made to an entity’s financial statements for them to be in conformity with the application reporting framework.

Twenty-four jurisdictions require audited financial statements to be included with charitable registration applications. However, only organizations that exceed the jurisdiction’s revenue or contributions threshold need to provide the audit. Still, other jurisdictions provide more flexible requirements, for instance:

  • Alaska requires audits only upon request
  • North Carolina and Virginia both allow the IRS Form 990 to take the place of the audit
  • Illinois and Maryland have set audit thresholds, but they can be changed if the applicant meets certain criteria. Illinois lowers the audit threshold for organizations using professional fundraisers.
  • Maryland also lowers the audit threshold for private foundations associated with any Maryland jurisdiction agency.

Along with the audit requirements, nine jurisdictions may also request reviewed financial statements, usually at a lower threshold than the audit. Reviewed financial statements are easier and less costly than audits to obtain, but they are no less important in terms of getting a registration approved.

Alabama

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Alaska

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

Conditional

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Provide upon request by state

Arizona

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Arkansas

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

California

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$2,000,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Government grants do not count as gross revenue in this instance. California also requires charities with greater than $2 million in revenue to establish an audit committee.

Colorado

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Connecticut

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Delaware

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

District of Columbia

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Florida

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$1,000,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Notes

Georgia

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$1,000,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Notes

Hawaii

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Also required to submit if the charity is required pursuant to a government authority or third party

Idaho

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Illinois

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$300,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

-

Notes

$25,000 threshold if using a professional fund-raiser. Contributions include gross amounts of cash plus gross sums paid by the public for merchandise, special events, and services.

Indiana

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Iowa

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Kansas

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Kentucky

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Louisiana

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Maine

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Maryland

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

-

Notes

$100,000 annual contribution threshold for private foundations associated with any Maryland state agency

Massachusetts

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

$200,000 Gross Revenue

Notes

Michigan

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$525,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$275,000 Annual Contributions

Notes

Minnesota

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$750,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Required for renewal only.

Mississippi

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$250,000 Annual Contributions

Notes

Missouri

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Montana

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Nebraska

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Nevada

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

New Hampshire

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$1,000,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Organizations with total revenues of $500,000 to $1,000,000 must file the most recent annual financial statement.

New Jersey

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

New Mexico

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

New York

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$750,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

$250,000 Gross Revenue

Notes

Required for renewal only.

North Carolina

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

Conditional

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Submit either a 990, audit, or state financial report form

North Dakota

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Ohio

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Oklahoma

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Oregon

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Pennsylvania

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$750,000 Gross Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$250,000 Gross Annual Contributions

Notes

Rhode Island

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

South Carolina

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

South Dakota

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Tennessee

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Texas

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Utah

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Vermont

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Virginia

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

Conditional

Review Threshold

-

Notes

Submit either a 990 or audit

Washington

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

West Virginia

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Gross Revenue

Review Threshold

$200,000 Gross Revenue

Notes

Wisconsin

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Audit Required?

Yes

Audit Threshold

$500,000 Annual Contributions

Review Threshold

$300,000 Annual Contributions

Notes

Wyoming

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Audit Required?

No

Audit Threshold

-

Review Threshold

-

Notes

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