New Jersey Nonprofit Compliance

Required annual filings

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

IRS Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990-PF or 990

Instructions:

See Form 990 Thresholds to determine which form to file.  Then see Current Form 990 Series for instructions.

Due:

The 15 day of the 5 month following the end of the taxable year.  For most organizations, the tax year ends December 31 so the Form 990 is due May 15.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
2 File New Jersey Corporate Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



There is no renewal requirement for New Jersey corporate income tax exemption.

More information: New Jersey Department of the Treasury
3 File New Jersey Sales Tax Exemption Renewals

Not required



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

More information: New Jersey Department of the Treasury - Division of Taxation
4 File New Jersey Annual Report
Agency:New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Form:

None - you must file online.

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$27

Due:

Annually by date of incorporation/registration.

Law:

New Jersey Statutes 15A:4-5

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Penalties:

Businesses that fail to file annual reports for two consecutive years will be revoked.

Notes:
  • Any authorized representative may file.
  • Changing the registered agent or registered office is an additional $25 fee.
5 Renew the Charitable Solicitation Registration

New Jersey Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Charities Registration Section
Legal Notes:

New Jersey Statutes Ann. § 45:17A-18 et seq.

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations:
  • Charities taking in less than $10,000 in Gross Contributions if all functions and fund raising activities are done by volunteers.
  • Religious organizations and schools that file their curricula with the Department of Education.
  • Libraries registered by the State Department of Education who meet their prescribed financial reporting requirements.
Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$30-$250, depending on gross contributions.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required.
  • The CFO and another authorized officer must sign. Signatured need not be notarized.
  • Some New Jersey counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$30-$250, depending on gross contributions.

Due:

Renewal is due annually 6 months after the close of your fiscal year. So if your fiscal year ends December 31, renewal is due June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:
  • Note the list of attachments required. Large organizations may need to provide audited financial statements.

Change of Fiscal Year

Filing method:

Online

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

Use the DCA portal and start a renewal registration. You can enter the new fiscal year end month and renew for that year.

6Maintain a New Jersey Registered Agent

Maintain a registered agent that has a street address in New Jersey. 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 Marlton , NJ to maintain compliance with the state requirement.


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