Nonprofits are subject to different rules and regulations than for-profit businesses, and filing requirements is one of the areas where the two differ.
These differences include the regulations regarding maintaining your nonprofit corporation and federal tax-exempt status when organizational changes occur. Some changes that require filing include name amendments, changes of address, and a change of officers.
Get the details of what’s required and when, so you don’t risk losing your nonprofit status in the midst of an organizational shift. Note: in most cases, the IRS is not automatically updated by the state, so you may need to do this yourself. More details on these requirements below.
Nonprofit name change
If you’re changing your company’s Articles of Incorporation filing an Article of Amendment is required. If you’re an incorporated organization, you’ll need to file with the state in which you’re incorporated, and if registered in other states (foreign qualified), you’ll need to repeat the process within those jurisdictions as well.
When filing your amendment, don’t skip over the details. There may be additional instructions, requirements, and provisions, and these will vary by state, making it even more important to check as a foreign qualified nonprofit. Details to keep in mind, include:
- You may be required to notify a variety of agencies, like the Franchise Tax Board. This varies state to state.
- You need to report the change when submitting your next annual IRS return; in many cases, this is in the form of Form 990 or 990-EZ.
- Your required documentation may vary depending on the type of nonprofit entity you have, for example, a corporation versus a trust. Check the IRS Change of Name page to find the additional documentation requirements for your organization.
In addition to the legal requirements, there are a few informal updates to remember, for example, alerting your stakeholders and changing your name on social media. It may also be wise to alert clients and vendors, with a personal letter that explains why the change has occurred.
Change in address
Changing your address as a nonprofit has many of the same requirements as changing your name. You’ll need to file an amendment with the state, and take note of additional requirements. For example:
- In most cases, you can report the change of address for your nonprofit in your annual filing. Again, this will depend on the state and may need to be filed with other agencies.
- If your nonprofit organization is registered with the state’s Charities Bureau, you may need to file your name change with them as well. Check to see if you can submit this with your annual filing or what timeframe you have to submit within. Some states have a 30-day window.
All exempt organizations will need to report this change on their next annual return or information notice, whether filing a Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N. Note that you may also use Form 8822-B Change of Address - Business to file this, rather than the aforementioned options.