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ohio nonprofit
501(c)(3) formations

Columbus 501(c)(3) nonprofit attorneys

Our attorneys have extensive experience setting-up Ohio nonprofit corporations and qualifying for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are equipped with the expertise to analyze your business needs and set up your nonprofit. Reach out to one of our attorneys for a review of your specific needs and a review of the 501(c)(3) tax exemption application process. Our attorneys will form your nonprofit and deliver comprehensive organizational documents to best protect your nonprofit's interests.    


steps to set up an
Ohio limited liability company(LLC)

Step 1

  • Pick a Statutory Agent

  • Choose a Name 

  • Identify Incorporators and Initial Directors 

Step 2

  • Draft Bylaws

  • Draft Articles of Organization 

  • Obtain an Employer Identification Number

  • Open a Bank Account.

Step 3

  • Hold a board meeting

  • Apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS

Step 4

  • Operate the Nonprofit in good standing and in accordance with state and federal law. 

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Important rules
of Operating an Ohio Nonprofit 

  1. Advertise as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt entity. Typically, this entails updating the Organization’s website and marketing materials.

  2. Notify all prior donors to the Ohio nonprofit since the effective date of IRS nonprofit exemption that the tax-exempt status of the organization has been secured. This must be done in writing and is an acknowledgment that any donations made back to that date are included.

  3. Notify the donors of what the exempt amount is for your nonprofit organization.

  4. Make sure to update the registration of your nonprofit with the Ohio Attorney General to reflect the current active status of the Ohio nonprofit. 

  5. Going forward the nonprofit organization will need to file an annual 990 return and will need to maintain its annual registration with the Ohio Attorney General. Form 990 must be filed by the 15th day of the fifth month after the end of your Organization’s accounting period – May 15th of the following year.

  6. The Organization will also need to file employment tax returns, unrelated business taxes (to account for income generated by the Organization that is not substantially related to the performance of the Organization’s exempt purpose or function, if any), and make sure to report significant changes (e.g., change in name, change in address, etc.) to the Organization on the annual Form 990.

  7. As always, it is important to keep good records of receipts and expenditures.

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About Our Columbus
Business Law Practices

The Law Offices of Eric J. Hoffman & Associates have extensive experience with Columbus Business Law matters in the state of Ohio and are distinguished specialist in the field. Ready more about our Business Law Practices here. Mr. Hoffman has represented thousands of clients since 1984. 

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