Nonprofit Law Resource Library
State-By-State Initial Compliance - Florida
Initial Filings for Florida Nonprofit Organizations
For a general discussion on starting a nonprofit organization, please refer to our article, Starting a Nonprofit Organization.
To view annual filing requirements for Florida nonprofit organizations, refer to our annual filings page:www.hurwitassociates.com/l_s_annual_fl.php.
To Incorporate in Florida
Submit Articles of Incorporation to:Department of State
Division of Corporations
PO Box 6327
Tallahassee, FL 32314 Non-Profit Info.: (850) 245-6052
Web Site: www.sunbiz.org
Filing Fee: $35
Designation of Registered Agent Fee: $35
Note: The Articles of Incorporation may be filed online here.
To Obtain 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status
Submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption to:Note new address:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 12192
Covington, KY 41012-0192 Information: (800) 829-1040
Forms: (800) 829-3676
Web Site: www.irs.gov/charities
Filing Fee: $850 ($400 if revenues less than $10,000/year)
For more information on filing fees, see the IRS website.
To Obtain Florida Sales Tax Exemption
Submit Form DR-5, Application for Consumer's Certificate of Exemption, with a copy of the IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter to:Account Management/Exemptions
Florida Department of Revenue
PO Box 6480
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6480 Phone: (800) 352-3671
Web Site: dor.myflorida.com/dor/
Filing Fee: $0
Note: Additional documents may be required with the filing, depending upon the type of non-profit organization seeking exemption. Refer to the DR-5 instruction booklet for details.
To Register with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Submit Form DACS-10100, Registration Application, prior to engaging in solicitation to:Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
PO Box 6700
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6700 Information: (800) 435-7352 (in Florida only)
Altnerate Phone: (904) 410-3800
Web Site: www.800helpfla.com
Filing Fee: $10-400 (depending on amount of contributions received during the preceding fiscal year)
Note: Some organizations are eligible to file the Exempt Charitable Organizations/Sponsors Application instead with no filing fee. See the Division of Consumer Services' website for details.