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General Information for all Charitable Organizations

Registration with the Charities Program is separate from filings required under corporate law. Please visit the Corporations Division Web site to view forms and information relating to filing a Non Profit Corporation.

Expedited Service – Do you need your documents filed in a hurry? The Charities Program offers expedited service for in-person and mail transactions. The expedite fee is $50 per entity and is in addition to regular filing fees. (In-person expedited service requests received before 3:30 p.m. will be processed the same day, usually within one hour.)

To receive expedited service by mail, enclose $50 per entity (in addition to regular fees) and write "EXPEDITE" in bold letters on the outside of the envelope. Your request will be processed within two working days of receipt or as soon thereafter as possible.

Tools and Information to Assist with Registration

FEDERAL Tax Exempt Status Information (Internal Revenue Service)

Are you applying for Federal Tax Exempt Status with the IRS? If you intend to apply for IRS federal tax exemption as a charitable organization, your Articles of Incorporation must contain a required purpose clause and dissolution of assets provision. Valuable information on 501(c)(3) qualification is on the IRS website, www.irs.gov. It includes sample Articles of Incorporation.

Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations — Form 990-N (e-Postcard) Beginning in 2008, small tax-exempt organizations that previously were not required to file returns risk losing their tax-exempt status if they do not file an annual electronic notice (e-Postcard).

STATE Registration Exemption as a Charitable Organization

Certain activities and organizations may be exempt from registration with the Secretary of State's Charities Program. Please review the "Summary of Organizations and Activities Exempt from the Washington State Charitable Solicitations Act" for more information.

Starting a New Charitable Organization?

NOTICE - Renewal Form Now Available Online!

The Charities Program is changing the way it issues its renewal reminders! Charitable organizations will now be notified of the need to renew their registration by postcard, rather than by letter. The postcards will be mailed approximately 60 days prior to the registration expiration date.

The Charitable Solicitations Registration / Renewal Form contain detailed instructions, including tips. Please visit http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/CharitiesInitialRenewal.aspx to access the form and instructions. You must print and mail the completed form to the Charities Program with the appropriate filing fee.

Contact the Charities Program @ charities@sos.wa.gov if you have any questions.

Charity Registration Renewal Reminder...

Extensions are no longer required!

Fiscal Year End Date Renewal Deadline Deadline with Automatic 6 1/2-month Extension
Jan 31 June 15 December 31
Feb 29 July 15 January 31
March 31 Aug 15 February 28
April 30 Sept 15 March 31
May 31 Oct 15 April 30
June 30 Nov 15 May 31
July 31 Dec 15 June 30
Aug 31 Jan 15 July 31
Sept 30 Feb 15 August 31
Oct 31 Mar 15 September 30
Nov 30 April 15 October 31
Dec 31 May 15 November 30

Other Charities Forms


Resources for Education and Program Development