Accountability and Transparency within Your Nonprofit

Management and governance groups are applying Sarbanes-Oxley to the nonprofit sector. To help nonprofits understand compliance requirements, Keep Me Tax Free, LLC offers the following 10-step checklist:

  1. Contact Keep Me Tax Free to develop a compliance filing plan:
  2. Obtain an EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS:,,id=98350,00.html
  3. Incorporate and register within your state of domicile
  4. Register with your state’s Attorney General’s office
  5. Submit Form 1023 to the IRS:
  6. Apply in your state of domicile for tax-exempt status:
  7. Apply for tax-exempt status in states where you will seek donations:
  8. Submit Form 990 or its equivalent annually to the IRS:
  9. Submit state tax forms annually or biennially as required:
  10. Check with Keep Me Tax Free to ensure your nonprofit is and remains tax exempt:


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