How to Incorporate a Church in Georgia?
Churches are a form of nonprofit organization and by incorporating as a nonprofit organization, you'll be eligible to accept donations and more.4 min read
The process on how to incorporate a church in Georgia include the following 12 steps:
- Name your church.
- Recruit incorporators and directors.
- Appoint a registered agent.
- File articles of incorporation.
- Get an EIN.
- Establish initial governing documents and policies.
- Hold meetings of the board.
- Obtain Georgia state tax identification numbers.
- Apply for 501(c)(3) status.
- Apply for Georgia state tax-exempt status.
- Register for charitable solicitation.
How to Start and Incorporate a Nonprofit in Georgia
Churches are a form of nonprofit organization. By incorporating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, you'll be eligible to accept donations and apply for grants, claim exemption from federal corporate incomes taxes, and limit the directors' and officers' liability.
- Name Your Church: Your church's name establishes your brand, but it is also important for incorporating in Georgia: The legal name of your church may not match any organization that is already incorporated in Georgia. Therefore, ensure the name meets state requirements.
- Recruit Incorporators and Directors: You will need at least one incorporator, the person who signs the articles of incorporation for a nonprofit. Identify three unrelated directors, and make sure you're aware of residency requirements for directors. Director terms are served for one year, and a majority of directors must be present to make quorum. Officers authenticate the corporation records and prepare meeting minutes. The same person can hold two or more offices.
Annual Filings for Georgia Nonprofit Organizations
There are several annual filings that any nonprofit, including a church, must file in the state of Georgia. These include (but not limited to):
- The Annual Registration Form, which must be filed by April 1 with the Georgia secretary of state.
- A copy of form 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF must be filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue four and a half months after the end of the fiscal year.
- Form 600-T must also be filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue four and a half months after the end of the fiscal year. This filing is only required if the organization has income that is unrelated to its exempt purposes.
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