Nonprofit articles of incorporation is the document filed to create a Maryland nonprofit corporation.
Preparing and filing your articles of incorporation is the first step in starting your nonprofit corporation. Approval of this document secures your corporate name and creates the legal entity of the nonprofit. Only after this approval can you apply for 501c, apply for fundraising licenses, open a bank account, and otherwise conduct business.
Incorporating provides many important benefits:
|Agency:||Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)|
Mail, fax, in-person, or online
$100 filing fee + $20 organization & capitalization fee + $50 development center fee if applying for 501(c)(3),(4), or (6) + optional $5 return mail fee + optional $50 expedite fee. The expedite fee is required to file online, by fax, or in-person.
~10+ weeks. ~7 business days with expedite fee online or by fax. Same-day if filed in-person with expedite fee by 4:15pm.
If you do not pay the expedite fee, you could have to wait 10+ weeks for the secretary to process your articles. Upon processing, you will only receive notice of filing if you pay the $5 return mail fee; otherwise, look in the secretary's online records ~10 business days later to see your entity record.
As you are preparing to incorporate, keep in mind the following requirements specific to Maryland, keep in mind: