Nonprofits: Starting a Nonprofit

Starting a Nonprofit

Generally, starting a nonprofit involves taking some or all of the following steps:

  • File articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State
  • Convene a meeting of the board at which by-laws are adopted
  • Apply to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for Federal, tax-exempt status
  • Obtain any required municipal or State operating permits/licenses
  • Register a DBA (Doing Business As) name with the County
  • Register with the State Comptroller's Office to receive exemption from State taxes

It is important to have your application for tax-exempt status and other legal documents reviewed by an attorney. Reading the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at the Office of the Texas Secretary of State is also recommended.

Digital Resources

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