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
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).
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.
Charities Initial Registration Forms
The Charities Program has updated its renewal reminders! Charitable organizations will now be notified of the need to renew their registration by email or by letter. The emails and letters will be sent approximately 60 days prior to the registration expiration date.
The Charitable Solicitations Registration / Renewal Form contains detailed instructions, including tips. Please visit https://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/allforms.aspx to access the form. You must print and mail the completed form to the Charities Program with the appropriate filing fee.
Contact the Charities Program @ [email protected] if you have any questions.
Charity Registration Renewal Reminder...
Extensions are no longer required!
|Fiscal Year End Date
||Deadline with Automatic 6 1/2-month Extension
Other Charities Forms
Resources for Education and Program Development