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State-By-State Initial Compliance - Kansas

Initial Filings for Kansas Nonprofit Organizations

For a general discussion on starting a nonprofit organization, please refer to our article, Starting a Nonprofit Organization.

  1. To Incorporate in Kansas

    Submit Articles of Incorporation to:

    Kansas Secretary of State
    Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
    120 S.W. 10 th Ave.
    Topeka, KS 66612-1594
    Information: (785) 296-4564
    Web Site: www.kssos.org/
    Filing Fee: $20
    Note: The Articles of Incorporation may be filed online through the Kansas Business Center.
  2. 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.
  3. To Obtain Kansas Sales Tax Exemption

    In general, nonprofit organizations are not exempt from paying sales taxes on purchases in Kansas and are not exempt from collecting sales taxes on sales of goods. However, certain organizations may qualify for exemption and may apply for an entity exemption certificate (for sales tax exemption on purchases) by:

    a. Creating an account through KS Webtax.

    b. Using the KS Webtax website to apply for exemption.

    Information: (785) 296-3081
    Web Site: www.ksrevenue.org/
    Note: For more information, refer to the Kansas Department of Revenue's publication: Kansas Exemption Certificates.
  4. To Obtain Kansas Income Tax Exemption

    Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations exempt from federal income taxes are automatically exempt from Kansas income taxes and need not apply for exemption.

  5. To Register with the Kansas Secretary of State

    Prior to soliciting in Kansas, submit the Registration Statement for Solicitations along with a copy of the organization's Form 990 (or, if not required to file Form 990, a Charitable Solicitation Financial Statement) to:

    Kansas Secretary of State
    Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
    120 S.W. 10 th Ave.
    Topeka, KS 66612-1594
    Information: (785) 296-4564
    Web Site: www.kssos.org/
    Filing Fee: $35
    Note: If the organization has received charitable contributions exceeding $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year, it most include an independently audited financial statement of the most recent fiscal year with this filing.

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