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How to Start a Nonprofit in Nevada

To incorporate a nonprofit in Nevada, file nonprofit Articles of Incorporation with the Nevada Secretary of State. This filing officially creates your organization, but it is really just one step toward pursuing your nonprofit’s goals. The complete steps to forming a Nevada nonprofit corporation are as follows:

1. File nonprofit Articles of Incorporation with the Nevada Secretary of State, along with your Initial List of Officers

2. Get a Federal EIN Tax ID from the IRS

3. Submit a Nevada Business Registration and Supplemental Application to the Nevada Department of Taxation

4. Hold your organizational meeting and adopt bylaws

5. Apply for federal and/or state tax exemptions

6. Register as a charity with the Nevada Secretary of State

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How to File Nevada Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation

To form your Nevada nonprofit, file the Articles of Incorporation using the following steps:
Step 1 Choose a name for your new nonprofit
Step 2 Decide if you want to hire a registered agent service to minimize public disclosures
Step 3 List the names and addresses of each member of your nonprofit’s first governing board of directors
Step 4 Describe your nonprofit’s purpose
Step 5 Appoint at least one incorporator to sign and submit your form
Step 6 Submit your nonprofit’s Initial List of Officers
Step 7 Mail your completed Articles and Initial List to the Secretary of StatMail your completed Articles and Initial List to the Secretary of State / New Filings Division / 202 North Carson Street / Carson City, NV 89701-4201 and pay $100 in combined fees (plus an additional $125 if you want 24 hour expedited processing)e / New Filings Division / 202 North Carson Street / Carson City, NV 89701-4201 and pay $150 in combined fees (plus an additional $125 if you want 24 hour expedited processing)

How Long Does it Take to Start a Nevada Nonprofit?

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File the documents yourself online at the Nevada Secretary of State’s website, pay a $125 expedite fee, and receive a response from the state in around two days.

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Hire Northwest to form your Nevada nonprofit, answer a few simple questions online, and then leave it to our expert Corporate Guides to file your articles and initial list of officers correctly the first time.

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Hand-deliver, fax, or mail your documents to the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, pay the basic filing fee, and wait around two to three weeks for a response from the state.

How Much Does It Cost To Incorporate A Nevada Nonprofit?

Nevada charges $50 to file nonprofit articles of incorporation, but you’ll also pay $50 to submit your initial list of officers at the same time that you submit your articles. In a practical sense, then, it costs at least $100 to incorporate. You can also pay $125 for expedited processing. If you submit your articles online, you’re required to pay the $125 expedite fee.

Hire Northwest to form your nonprofit, and your total cost, which includes a full year of registered agent service, is $450 for 2-day online filing.

How Much Does A Nevada Nonprofit Cost Each Year?

Expect to pay $50 each year to submit your nonprofit’s annual list of officers to the Nevada Secretary of State.

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What is The Nevada Initial/Annual List of Officers?

When you form your Nevada nonprofit, you’ll pay $50 to submit an initial list of officers to the Nevada Secretary of State and $50 to submit an annual list of officers (which is the same form) each year after that by the last day of your nonprofit’s anniversary month. The form looks simpler than it is. It asks for basic information about your nonprofit’s officers, but it also seeks to determine if your nonprofit needs to register as a charity or if it needs to purchase a Nevada business license for an additional $200 fee.

If you’d rather avoid keeping up with the details, fees, and deadlines, you can also add our convenient Nevada Annual Report Compliance service for an additional fee when you hire Northwest.

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Do I Have To Register My Nonprofit As A Charity In Nevada?

If your nonprofit solicits charitable or tax-exempt contributions, you’ll likely need to register as a charity with the Nevada Secretary of State. To register, submit a Charitable Registration Statement alongside your nonprofit’s Initial List Form, and do the same each year, submitting the registration statement with your Annual List Form, to renew your registration with the state. There is no registration fee.

Certain types of Nevada charities are exempt from registering with the state, including churches recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS, but qualifying charities must submit the Exemption from Charitable Solicitation Registration Statement to the Nevada Secretary of State and renew each year.

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Is A Nevada Nonprofit Registered Agent Required?

Yes, Nevada requires nonprofit corporations to appoint a Nevada registered agent to receive services of process (legal notices) on their behalf. The state simply wants a reliable channel open to communicate with your nonprofit if it ever gets sued, and registered agents provide that channel. You can appoint yourself or a willing associate, or you can hire a registered agent service like Northwest.

We don’t recommend doing the job yourself. A registered agent must list a Nevada street address on your nonprofit’s articles of incorporation, which is a document available to the public, and the agent actually has to BE at that address during normal business hours. If you list your own residential or office address, you can expect a mailbox full of junk mail and unwanted salespeople showing up at your door, and you’ll find yourself stuck at your desk all day waiting for a service of process that may never come.

Hire Northwest, and these problems dissolve entirely. Instead of listing your address on your nonprofit’s articles of incorporation, you can list our Nevada street address instead. Instead of waiting all day for a service or process that may never come, you can leave the endless, tedious waiting to us. And if we ever do get any legal mail that needs to head your way, we’ll scan it and send it to you on the day we received it.

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Will My Nevada Nonprofit Be Tax-Exempt?

Not automatically. Starting a nonprofit corporation isn’t the same thing as starting a tax-exempt organization because “nonprofit” status gets determined by the states while “tax-exempt” status gets determined by the IRS. To make your dream of organizing a tax-exempt nonprofit a reality, you’ll need to submit an Application for Recognition of Exemption to the IRS, pay either a $275 or $600 fee (depending on the size and nature of your nonprofit), and wait out the 3-6 month application process while the IRS examines your application, formation documents, and whatever else it can get its hands on.

Of the more than two dozen tax-exempt entities recognized by the IRS, most nonprofits seek 501(c)(3) status for public charities and private foundations. If your nonprofit decides to go this route, your articles of incorporation must include a statement of purpose and dissolution of assets provision using the specific language required by the IRS.

If your nonprofit manages to obtain federal tax-exempt status, it will also be exempt from the Nevada corporate income tax, but you’ll need to apply for an exemption from the state’s sales and use tax. Learn more at Northwest’s guide to Nevada state tax exemptions.

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Do I Need A Federal Tax ID Number (EIN) For A Nevada nonprofit?

Your nonprofit will need a federal employer identification number (EIN) to open a bank account (at least at most banks), to apply for federal tax-exempt status, to register for Nevada state tax accounts, and to establish itself as a legitimate organization in the eyes of many donors and vendors. Think of your nonprofit’s EIN as the equivalent of an individual’s social security number.

Once your nonprofit’s articles of incorporation get approved by the State of Nevada, you can apply for an EIN online at the IRS website or by phone. Or you can add our EIN service for an additional fee when you hire Northwest.

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Does A Nevada Nonprofit Need A Business License?

Your nonprofit will need to pay $200 for a Nevada business license if it doesn’t obtain some version of 501(c) status with the IRS, in which case it can get an exemption by filing a Declaration of Eligibility for State Business License Exemption with the Nevada Secretary of State. You’ll need to file the declaration alongside your Initial List of Officers and each year when you file your Annual List of Officers.

How Can My Nonprofit Register For State Tax Accounts?

You can register your nonprofit with the Department of Taxation by filing a Nevada Common Business Registration form and a Supplemental Application, but you can only do so after getting an EIN from the IRS. There is no filing fee.

Can I Register An Out Of State Nonprofit In Nevada?

Absolutely. To expand your out of state nonprofit to Nevada, submit the Qualification To Do Business In Nevada form to the Secretary of State. Learn more at Northwest’s guide to Nevada foreign nonprofits.

Does A Nevada Nonprofit Need Bylaws?

Absolutely. Nevada requires a nonprofit corporation’s board of directors to adopt bylaws at its first official meeting (usually held shortly after incorporating). This is important for a variety of reasons, including that the IRS will want to see your bylaws when you apply for federal tax-exempt status, but the most important reason is that bylaws are your nonprofit’s internal rules—the agreement it makes with itself. Without clear bylaws that anticipate the problems and conflicts your nonprofit will likely encounter down the road, your nonprofit’s directors can’t steer the organization along a consistent, cohesive path.

It isn’t easy to write effective bylaws, but Northwest has the knowledge and experience to help get you started. When you hire Northwest, you can use our adaptable template for writing nonprofit bylaws, as well as numerous other free nonprofit forms, to make sure your nonprofit starts off successfully and stays successful.

Nevada Nonprofit Articles Of Incorporation Requirements

Name of Corporation

Your nonprofit’s name must be distinguishable from the names of other business entities on file with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office, and it can’t include the name of a natural person unless a corporate ending appears as well (“Incorporated,” “Inc.,” etc.). You can run a preliminary name search at the Nevada Secretary of State’s website.

Registered Agent

Include the name and Nevada street address of your Nevada registered agent. This is the individual or business authorized to receive a service of process on behalf of your nonprofit. When you hire Northwest, our name and Nevada street address go here.

Directors/Trustees

Include the names and addresses of each member of your nonprofit’s initial board of directors or board of trustees.

Purpose

Nevada requires a description of your nonprofit’s purpose. If your organization intends to seek 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, be sure your statement of purpose includes the specific language required by the IRS.

Incorporator(s)

Appoint an incorporator to sign and submit your nonprofit’s articles of incorporation. Your incorporator doesn’t need to be part of your organization. When you hire Northwest to form your nonprofit, we’ll be your incorporator.

Certificate of Acceptance (Registered Agent)

Your nonprofit’s registered agent must either sign and date your articles to accept the appointment or submit a Registered Agent Acceptance form.

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