The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

Alabama

Name reservation: $28
Incorporation: $100 state filing fee + minimum $50 county filing fee
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Alabama charitable registration: $25 ($0 if exempt)

Alaska

Incorporation: $50
Alaska business license: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Alaska charitable registration: $40

Arizona

Incorporation: $40

  • Optional $35 expedite fee

Publishing of incorporation: ~$200 (vary based on publication and length of copy)
Arizona state taxes: $12 per license/location
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Arkansas

Incorporation: $45 online or $50 by mail
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

California

Incorporation: $30 by mail or $45 in-person

  • Optional $250-$500 preclearance service
  • Optional $350-$500 expedited filing service

Statement of information: $20
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) exemption: $25 ($0 for exemption request)
California charitable registration: $25

Colorado

Incorporation: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Colorado charitable license: $8
Colorado charitable registration: $10

Connecticut

Incorporation: $50

  • Optional $50 expedite fee

First report: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Connecticut charitable registration: $50 ($0 if exempt)

Delaware

Incorporation: $89

  • $9 for extra pages
  • Optional $50-$1,000 expedite fee
    • $50 state expedite
    • $100 same-day expedite
    • $500 ~2 hour expedite
    • $1000 1 hour expedite

Delaware Combined Registration Application (CRA) form: varies based on applicable licenses and accounts
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Florida

Incorporation: $70
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Florida sales tax license: $5, if applicable
Florida charitable registration: $10-$400, depending on contributions received during the prior fiscal year ($0 if exempt)

Georgia

Georgia Articles of Incorporation: $100
Georgia Notice of Incorporation: $40
Georgia Initial “Annual” Registration: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Georgia charitable registration: $35

Hawaii

Incorporation: $26

  • Optional $25 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Form BB-1 (basic business application): $20

Idaho

Incorporation: $30

  • Optional $20 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Illinois

Incorporation: $50 by mail or $77.75 online

  • Optional $100 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Form REG-1 (business registration application): varies based on state tax accounts
Illinois charitable registration: $15

Indiana

Incorporation: $30
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Form BT-1 (business tax application): $25 for sales tax license, if required

Iowa

Incorporation: $20
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Iowa business tax registration: varies based on tax accounts and licenses

Kansas

Incorporation: $20

  • Optional $20 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Kansas business tax registration: varies based on tax accounts and licenses
Kansas charitable registration: $35

Kentucky

Incorporation: $8
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Louisiana

Incorporation: $75

  • Optional $30-$50 expedite fee
    • $30 24-hour expedite
    • $50 while-you-wait with in-person filing expedite

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Louisiana charitable registration: $25 (no filing if exempt)

Maine

Incorporation: $40

  • Optional $50-$100 expedite fee
    • $50 24-hour expedite
    • $100 immediate expedite

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Maine charitable registration: $50

Maryland

Incorporation: $100 filing fee

  • $20 organization & capitalization fee
  • $50 development center fee if applying for 501(c)(3), (4), or (6)
  • Optional $5 return mail fee
  • Optional $50 expedite fee (required when filing online, by fax, or in-person)

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Maryland charitable registration: $0-$300, depending on charitable contributions

Massachusetts

Incorporation: $35
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Massachusetts charitable registration: usually $150

  • Initial registration fee of $100 plus: $50 schedule A-2 fee for organizations registering before their initial fiscal year or $35-$2,000 for organizations registering in subsequent fiscal years, depending on gross support and revenue

Michigan

Incorporation: $20

  • Optional $50-$1,000 expedite service
    • $50 24-hour expedite
    • $100 same-day expedite
    • $1,000 1-hour expedite

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Minnesota

Incorporation: $70 by mail or $90 online/expedited in-person
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Minnesota charitable registration: $25

Mississippi

Incorporation: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Mississippi charitable registration or exemption: $50

Missouri

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Missouri charitable registration: $15

Montana

Incorporation: $20
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Nebraska

Incorporation: $10

  • $5 per page recording fee

Nebraska tax application: usually $0

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Nevada

Incorporation: $50

  • Optional $125-$1,000 expedite fee
    • $125 24-hour expedite
    • $500 2-hour expedite
    • $1,000 1-hour expedite

Initial list filing fee (Initial List of Officers and Directors, Nevada State Business License Application, Charitable Solicitation Registration): $50

  • $200 business license fee for non-exempt organizations
  • Optional $125-$1,000 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

New Hampshire

Incorporation: $30
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
New Hampshire charitable registration: $25

New Jersey

Incorporation: $75
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
New Jersey charitable registration: $30-$250, depending on gross contributions

New Mexico

Incorporation: $25

  • Optional $100-$150 expedite fee
    • $100 2-day expedite
    • $150 1-day expedite

Initial report: $10
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
New Mexico charitable registration: $0

New York

Incorporation: $75

  • Optional $25-$150 expedite fee
    • $25 24-hour expedite
    • $75 same-day expedite
    • $150 2-hour expedite

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
New York State charitable registration: $25 to solicit contributions ($0 if exempt)

North Carolina

Incorporation: $60

  • Optional $100-$200 expedite fee
    • $100 24-hour expedite
    • $200 same-day expedite if submitted by noon

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
North Carolina charitable registration: $0-$200 depending on gross contributions ($0 if exempt)

North Dakota

Incorporation: $40
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
North Dakota charitable registration: $25

Ohio

Incorporation: $99
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Ohio charitable registration: $50-$200, depending on contributions from Ohio residents during the preceding fiscal year

Oklahoma

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Oklahoma business registration: fees for needed licenses
Oklahoma charitable registration: $15-$65, depending on contributions

Oregon

Incorporation: $50
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Pennsylvania

Incorporation: $125
Incorporation publishing: ~$200
Employer Identification Number (EIN): $0
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
PA-100 (Pennsylvania State Tax Identification): $0 + fees for needed licenses
Pennsylvania charitable registration: usually $0 due to exemption

Rhode Island

Incorporation: $35
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Rhode Island Business Application and Registration (BAR): varies based on taxes, licenses and permits required
Rhode Island sales tax exemption: $25
Rhode Island charitable trust registration: $50, if applicable

South Carolina

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
South Carolina form SCDOR-111 (South Carolina State Tax Identification): varies based on taxes, licenses and permits required
South Carolina charitable registration: $50 (or $0 if filing for exemption)

South Dakota

Incorporation: $30 

  • Optional $50 expedite fee

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
South Dakota tax license application: varies based on taxes, licenses and permits required

Tennessee

Incorporation: $100
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Tennessee charitable registration: $50 ($0 if exempt)

Texas

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Utah

Incorporation: $30
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Utah charitable registration: $100 ($0 if exempt)

Vermont

Incorporation: $125
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

Virginia

Incorporation: $75
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Virginia charitable registration: $100

  • $30-$325 depending on contributions ($10 if exempt)

Washington

Incorporation: $30 by mail, $80 expedited by mail, $50 online
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Washington business license application: $19, if applicable
Washington charitable organization registration: $60 ($0 if exempt)

Washington, D.C.

Incorporation: $80

  • Optional $50-$100 expedite fee
    • $50 3-day expedite
    • $100 same-day expedite

501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
D.C. basic business license for the Charitable Solicitation category: $412.50 OR 
D.C. General business license: $324.50
Charitable gaming license: $10-$500, if applicable

West Virginia

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
West Virginia charitable registration: $15-50, depending on type of organization ($0 if exempt)

Wisconsin

Incorporation: $35
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee
Wisconsin business tax registration: $20
Wisconsin charitable registration: $15 ($0 if exempt)

Wyoming

Incorporation: $25
501(c): $400 or $850 IRS fee

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