Colorado Nonprofit Compliance

Required annual filings

This guide covers the required filings to maintain a nonprofit corporation in Colorado. If you are looking to form nonprofit in Colorado, please visit our Start Your Colorado Nonprofit guide. The steps below apply to nonprofits that are both incorporated and foreign qualified in Colorado. Please note that this is a general list and may not be exhaustive or applicable to all nonprofits.

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1 File IRS Form 990
Agency:Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
2 File Colorado Corporate Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



There is no renewal requirement for Colorado corporate income tax exemption.

More information: Colorado Department of Revenue
3 File Colorado Sales Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



Colorado does not have a renewal requirement for sales tax exemption.

More information: Colorado Department of Revenue
4 File Colorado Periodic Report
Agency:Colorado Secretary of State
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

C.R.S. § 7-90-501

Notes:
  • Can be filed up to 2 months early
  • Must be filed online and paid with a credit/debit card.
  • Anyone with authority may file.
5 Renew the Charitable Solicitation Registration

Colorado Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Colorado Secretary of State (Charities)
Law:

Colorado Revised Statutes § 6-16-104

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Exempt charities can file an optional exemption claim to have a public record of their exempt status created in the secretary of state's database.

Initial Registration

Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10

Notes:
  • Any charitable organization that (1) solicits contributions in Colorado, (2) has contributions solicited in Colorado on its behalf, or (3) participates in a charitable sales promotion must register in Colorado.
  • Be prepared to disclose contracts with paid solicitors.
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration".  You can view and print a Certificate of Registration from the summary screen of any registered group.
  • Some Colorado counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Also file your annual financial report
  • Any authorized officer must sign electronically.
  • After approval you will receive a registration number and a printable "certificate of registration"

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed online.

6Maintain a Colorado Registered Agent

Maintain a registered agent that has a street address in Colorado. The registered agent is responsible for receiving legal documents such as service of process. Appointing a registered agent service is often preferable to listing an officer or director, as their information often changes. Consider using our registered agent service in Boulder , CO to maintain compliance with the state requirement.


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