Louisiana Nonprofit Compliance

Required annual filings

This guide covers the required filings to maintain a nonprofit corporation in Louisiana. If you are looking to form nonprofit in Louisiana, please visit our Start Your Louisiana Nonprofit guide. The steps below apply to nonprofits that are both incorporated and foreign qualified in Louisiana. 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 Louisiana Corporate Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



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

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

Not required



Louisiana does not currently offer general sales tax exemptions for nonprofits.

More information: Louisiana Department of Revenue
4 File Louisiana Annual Report

If the nonprofit was formed in Louisiana (Domestic):

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$10 + $5 fee to pay by credit card.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Louisiana Statutes 12:205.1

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Online annual report filings cannot be made more than 30 days prior to the due date.
  • An officer, director, manager, member, partner, or agent can file.
  • Original signatures are required if you file by mail.

If the nonprofit was formed outside of Louisiana (Foreign):

Agency:Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$30 + $5 fee to pay by credit card.

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Louisiana Statutes 12:1-1621

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Online annual report filings cannot be made more than 30 days prior to the due date.
  • An officer, director, manager, member, partner, or agent can file.
  • Original signatures are required if you file by mail.
5 Renew the Charitable Solicitation Registration

Louisiana Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Louisiana Department of Justice - Public Protection Division - Charities
Law:

Louisiana Revised Statutes Ann. §§ 51:1901-1902; Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 16, Part III, §515

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required? ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Charities that do not use professional fundraisers or fundraising counsels are automatically exempt from registration.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$0

Law:

16 LAC Pt. III §515

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Exemptions do not expire as long as the organization continues to qualify under the exemption criteria.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Include signatures as required in the URS form instructions
  • Some Louisiana counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
6Maintain a Louisiana Registered Agent

Maintain a registered agent that has a street address in Louisiana. 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 Lafayette , LA to maintain compliance with the state requirement.

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