Maine Nonprofit Compliance

Required annual filings

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

Not required



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

More information: Maine Revenue Services
3 File Maine Sales Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



Maine does not have a renewal requirement for sales tax exemption, but organization information most be kept up to date.

More information: Maine Revenue Services
4 File Maine Annual Report
Agency:Maine Secretary of State - Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$35

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Law:

Maine Revised Statutes Title 13-B § 1301.

Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Anyone with authority may file.
  • Original signatures are required if you file by paper.
5 Renew the Charitable Solicitation Registration

Maine Charitable Organization License

Agency:Maine Office of Professional and Occupation Regulation
Law:

Maine Revised Statutes Ann., Title 9, Ch. 385, §§ 5001-5018 (Maine Charitable Solicitations Act)

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

$25 application fee + $25 licensure fee

Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • Check the website for the status of your license. PENDING means it is under review. ACTIVE means your organization is authorized to solicit.
  • Some Maine 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
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Make sure to include all required attachments
  • Late applications filed December 1 - March 1 must include a $50 late fee. After March 1st, applicants must file a new initial application.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Email Tammy Reed at tammy.reed@maine.gov to update fiscal year.

6Maintain a Maine Registered Agent

Maintain a registered agent that has a street address in Maine. 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 Portland , ME to maintain compliance with the state requirement.


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