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Nonprofit Organizations

A nonprofit organization is one that carries out a religious, scientific, charitable, literary, or educational purpose. As long as a nonprofit organization meets certain requirements, it will be exempt from paying taxes to federal and state governments. Nonprofit organizations can be formed as a corporation, or as an unincorporated business form. FindLaw's Nonprofit Organizations section contains information and resources for small business owners who are interested in forming a nonprofit (tax-exempt) organization. Here you will find tips on legal issues related to nonprofit organizations -- including making sure your company receives the 501(c)(3) tax exemption -- and a "Nonprofit QuickStart" tool that walks you through each phase of the start-up process.

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