Religious organizations, community foundations, professional fundraisers, volunteers and other nonprofit and charitable organizations play an important role in our society. Shifman & Carlson, P.C. has many years of experience representing nonprofits and charities. We have worked with a number of organizations on issues related to formation such as:
However, legal issues do not stop with formation. A nonprofit will still face continual compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as the many legal challenges facing every small business. We have the experience to guide your nonprofit or charitable organization through the legal morass, helping you to be able to focus on what you really want to do: achieving the beneficial goals of your nonprofit or charity.
Registration is a fundamental step in starting and maintaining a charitable origination. The process intersects with both state and federal law. The Michigan Supervision of Trustees for Charitable Purposes Act gives the Office of the Michigan Attorney General the authority to supervise charitable organizations in the state and requires registration of nonprofits. Registration applies to 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations as recognized by the IRS and others. Our attorneys help many nonprofits and charities with the entire registration process that can include initial registration, first time filing of a new organization, annual renewals, charitable solicitation registration, audits, financial reports, document disclosure, corporate maintenance, record retention and disposal, and dissolution.
Charities and nonprofits must continuously pay attention to maintaining their status as there are specific laws at the state and federal levels that these organizations must comply with in order to maintain their status. Exempt status can affect the areas of sales tax, property tax, employment tax and more. There are annual submissions for exempt status and other important types of record keeping as dictated by the applicable laws. Our attorneys are well versed in all legal aspects of nonprofits and charitable organizations. Seek legal advice if you are starting up a nonprofit or charitable organization of if you are involved in one that is currently registered. Making sure it complies with the laws can protect the exempt status and help avoid problems in the future.
Our experienced attorneys can help with your nonprofit or charity. Call Shifman & Carlson, P.C. today.
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