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Forming A Non Profit OrganizationIf you have plans to form a nonprofit organization, our legal team has the resources and experience needed to provide effective support. All nonprofits are governed by the Texas Business Organizations Code. Understanding the regulations and laws involved in forming a nonprofit is crucial, especially if you want to start on a solid foundation. When you work with Perliski Law Group, you can rest assured that we will provide the counsel you need to make the best choices for your nonprofit.

One of the first steps you will need to take is to determine what type of organization you want to form. We work with clients who wish to form the following types of nonprofits:


501(c)(3): Churches, religious organizations, scientific organizations, and charitable nonprofits.
501(c)(4): Social welfare organizations and location employee associations.
501(c)(5): Any type of agricultural or horticultural organization.
501(c)(6): Real estate boards, business leagues, and other business network organizations.
501(c)(7): Any type of social or recreational club.

Starting Your Own Nonprofit

Forming A Nonprofit OrganizationTo begin, you will need to file a Certificate of Formation using Form 202, unless your nonprofit was initially incorporated in another state (you will need to use Form 302 if that is the case). Following this, you will need to file a Consent of Registered Agent to Appointment by using Form 401-A. To reserve your business name you will need Form 501, unless you will use an assumed name, which will require Form 503. You may also need to file a nonprofit periodic report if requested.

While Texas law doesn't require most charities or nonprofits to register for soliciting funds or hiring employees to do so, there are a few exceptions. If you will be using telephone solicitors for public safety organizations, promoters, and publications, you will have to register with the Texas Secretary of State – Statutory Documents Section. You will be required to register with the Texas Attorney General if you will be soliciting for law enforcement, public safety or veteran causes.

State & Federal Tax Exemptions

It is important to remember that no organization is automatically tax-exempt, making it even more crucial that you follow all the regulations correctly. To achieve tax-exemption, you must file Form 1023, which is also known as an Application for Recognition of Exemption. You will need to meet the requirements of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in order to obtain tax-exempt status at the state level. You can use Form 202 to meet minimum state laws for exemption.

Remember that there are many filing fees included in the process, which means it is important that you fill out all your forms correctly the first time. If you need help setting up your nonprofit organization, our legal team would be more than happy to help.


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  • At Our Firm, We Enjoy What We Do!

    Making a difference and helping others is what we do. Learn more about our firm!

    Meet the Attorneys
  • Do I Need an Attorney for a Nonprofit?

    You will encounter many complexities when starting a nonprofit, and may need legal help.

    Why Hire an Attorney?
  • Start Your Business Off Right

    It is crucial that your nonprofit be setup correctly to avoid problems and ensure your success.

    Find Out What Needs to Be Done
  • We Can't Wait to Hear
    From You!

    Have a question about nonprofit law? Contact us today for a free consultation.

    Get in Touch Now

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