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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

  1. 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:
    Filing Fee: $35
    Designation of Registered Agent Fee: $35
    Note: The Articles of Incorporation may be filed online here.
  2. To Obtain 501(c) Tax-Exempt Status

    a. Submit Form 1023 (501(c)(3) organizations) or 1024 (other 501(c) organizations), 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:
    Form 1023 Filing Fee: $850 ($275 for IRS Form 1023-EZ)
    Form 1024 Filing Fee: $850 ($400 if annual receipts will average not more than $10,000 in the first 4 years)
    Note: Certain 501(c)(3) organizations, including those with gross revenues at or below $50,000 annually, may qualify to file the online Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption. For more information and to determine if you are eligible for this form, refer to our Form 1023-EZ FAQ.

    b. 501(c)(4) organizations formed after July 8, 2016 must file Form 8976, Notice of Intent to Operate Under Section 501(c)(4), electronically within 60 days of formation:

    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $50 (This fee must be paid through the website)
    Notes: This filing must be completed by all 501(c)(4) organizations - including "self-declaring" organizations that do not file IRS Form 1024.
    For more information about this filing, refer to the IRS website.
  3. To Obtain Florida Sales Tax Exemption

    Submit Form DR-5, Application for Consumer's Certificate of Exemption to:

    Account Management/Exemptions
    Florida Department of Revenue
    PO Box 6480
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6480
    Phone: (800) 352-3671
    Web Site:
    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.
  4. 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: (850) 410-3800
    Web Site:
    Filing Fee: $10-400 (depending on amount of contributions received during the preceding fiscal year)
    Notes: This filing may be completed online.

    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.

Florida Employment Filings

If the organization is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and employs four or more workers for 20 weeks in a calendar year, the following filing is also required:

  • To Register with the Florida Department of Revenue

    Complete the Florida Business Tax Application for reemployment taxes online.

    Florida Department of Revenue
    5050 W Tennessee Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0100
    Information: 800-352-3671
    Web Site:
    Note: For more information, refer to the Department of Revenue's guide to the Reemployment Tax.
  • Important note about unemployment insurance: Many states allow nonprofit organizations to fund unemployment insurance benefits on a reimbursable basis. This method of funding unemployment insurance may require additional filings not listed here. Furthermore, electing this method may require the organization to register and file in paper format. Organizations contemplating this method of funding their unemployment insurance obligations should check with the appropriate state office administering the unemployment insurance in that state.

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