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How to form a nonprofit corporation in Idaho

Forming a nonprofit corporation provides liability protection for any type of business, and should be among the first steps you take as a new business owner. Starting a nonprofit corporation can help you protect your personal assets while adding legitimacy to your company. Follow our step by step guide or let us handle the paperwork on your behalf, ensuring your business is filed quickly and accurately.

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Why start your business in Idaho?

Across Idaho, 7,443 nonprofit organizations are part of the state's nonprofit sector. These nonprofits employ more than 50,000 workers, accounting for 8.4% of the state's workforce. Idaho nonprofits also generate more than $5.06 billion in annual revenue and generously give back to their respective communities with nearly $89 million from Idaho foundations.

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Secretary Of State Details

Idaho Secretary of State
450 N. 4th Street
Boise, ID 83702

Phone:(208) 334-2301
Website: sos.idaho.gov

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Now that you have decided to start a nonprofit, you need to determine the charitable mission and purpose for the business. In order to comply with IRS regulations, it's important that your business is organized for an exempt purpose. Your business may not engage in political activities and must not overcompensate its members.

Now that you have decided to start a nonprofit, you need to determine the charitable mission and purpose for the business. In order to comply with IRS regulations, it's important that your business is organized for an exempt purpose. For example, your business may not engage in political activities and must not overcompensate its members. Remember that in order to attain federal tax exemption as a charitable organization, your nonprofit corporation must also have a required purpose clause and a dissolution of assets provision.

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Most states require that you designate a registered agent for your business, and Idaho is no exception. A registered agent (often abbreviated as RA) acts as the state's means to communicate with a business. An RA is responsible for receiving legal and official documents related to the business. This may be an individual or third party service that agrees to accept legal papers on the corporation's behalf. A corporation may not act as its own registered agent for service of process.

In the state of Idaho, it is required that all business entities filed in the state maintain a registered agent. This registered agent may be an individual or entity that receives official and legal documents on behalf of the business. They must be an Idaho resident, have an Idaho street address, and be available at the given address during normal business hours to accept service of process. A P.O. Box is not accepted as a registered agent address. A member of the LLC can act as the registered agent if desired, or you may also use a third-party registered agent service like MyCorporation.

It should be noted that registered agent information is made publicly available. This may cause privacy concerns for business owners who do not wish to list their personal contact information online for everyone to see. It is also common for the registered agent to become a target of spam or robocalls since this private information is relatively easy to obtain.

Another issue that may arise is that in the case of a lawsuit, these documents would be hand delivered directly to the registered agent. In the case that you used your business location for this purpose, this could occur in front of your customers. This is why many business owners opt for a third-party registered agent service such as MyCorporation to act as a registered agent on behalf of their business.

Tip: Our Deluxe and Premium formation packages include a full year of registered agent services for your business. We also offer standalone registered agent services which you can add to your business later.

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The state of Idaho requires you to file Articles of Incorporation (Non-Profit) to form a nonprofit corporation. This document includes basic information about the Idaho nonprofit corporation such as:

  • Name of the corporation
  • Purpose for which the corporation is organized
  • Registered agent name and address
  • Names and addresses of the initial directors on the board of directors (no fewer than 3 people)
  • Incorporator name(s) and address(es)
  • Mailing address of the corporation
  • If the corporation does or does not have voting members (check box)
  • How assets will be distributed upon dissolution
  • Print name and signature of incorporator
  • Contact information including phone number and email address

A filing fee of $30 plus $20 for manual processing is required, totaling $50 for Articles of Incorporation (Non-Profit). Make checks payable to Idaho Secretary of State. If expedited service is requested, add $40 to the filing fee. If same day service is requested, add $100 to the filing fee. Mail or deliver to the Office of the Secretary of State 450 N 4th Street PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0080.

Bylaws are the detailed set of rules agreed upon and adopted by the board of directors of the nonprofit. Think of these as an instruction manual to run the business. They include rules and procedures related to meetings you will hold, and notes on the ways you will elect officers and directors of the business.

While a nonprofit corporation is not legally required to create bylaws in Idaho, it is highly recommended. Bylaws help maintain consistency in the way your business operates, as well as communicate organizational rules that help avoid conflicts and disputes. Bylaws are for your records only and are not submitted to the state.

If you are not sure how to create corporate bylaws, you can purchase MyCorporation's customized Minutes and Bylaws package. Inside our package you will find internal documents required to fulfill your corporate formalities and properly operate your business after it has been incorporated.

The first board meeting for your business is often referred to as the organizational meeting of the board. During this meeting, the initial directors of the business will adopt the corporate bylaws, set the fiscal year, and appoint corporate officers.

This meeting and all future meetings of the board of directors must be recorded in corporate minutes. Minutes are documents that detail what was discussed and any decisions the business makes during meetings. They are kept with the corporate records.

Corporate minutes are required for all Idaho nonprofit corporations by law. Falling behind on this critical task can cause your business to fall out of good standing, and even jeopardize its tax-exempt status. It is important to maintain a corporate minute book. Inside you may keep originals or copies of all the signed and approved minutes or Actions by Unanimous Consent from any special or annual meetings of the corporation's shareholders and directors.

An EIN (also referred to as a Federal Tax ID) is a nine-digit number that is issued by the IRS and used to uniquely identify your business for tax purposes. Think of it as a Social Security Number (SSN) for your business, except an EIN is less sensitive. Like an SSN, an EIN allows you to:

  • Open business checking, savings, or investment accounts
  • File taxes for the business
  • Complete payroll for employees if applicable
  • Obtain lines of credit and credit cards, and build credit for your business
  • Apply for applicable business licenses when required
  • File for tax exempt status

You will only need a few pieces of information to file, including your mailing address and legal business name. You can apply online Opens in a new windowOpens in a new window with the IRS by downloading IRS Form SS-4 (PDF)(116 KB), or work alongside a third party organization like MyCorporation to complete an EIN application.

Your nonprofit corporation is not automatically tax exempt. In order to become tax exempt, you will need to take certain steps to obtain this status. First, you will need to file for exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service using either Form 1023 (PDF)(866 KB) Opens in a new window or Form 1024 (PDF)(360 KB)Opens in a new window, depending on the classification of your organization.

In some cases, you may be eligible to file Form 1023-EZ Opens in a new window, a streamlined version of the application for recognition of tax exemption.

You can learn more about the process directly from Publication 557 from the IRS (PDF)(2.1 MB).

It is advised that your nonprofit corporation checks in with the Idaho Secretary of State for this section. The state will further detail if your nonprofit corporation needs a solicitation permit and the charitable solicitation laws set throughout the United States.

All businesses are required to file for a general business license (sometimes referred to as a business tax certificate) in the state of Idaho. If you plan on operating your nonprofit in multiple cities, you will need to apply for a business license in each location. Additional permits may be required along with a general business license and are to be filed with the county or state.

You can find out about the specific licenses applicable to your business by checking with the city offices where you will conduct business, or by using MyCorporation's business license compliance package. Our team of skilled professionals will identify the licenses required by your nonprofit and provide you with all the information you need to file.

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Frequently asked questions

According to the Idaho Secretary of State, nonprofit corporation processing times usually take up to 2-3 business days or 4-6 weeks for standard filings. All orders are processed in the order they are received.

In order to keep your nonprofit in good standing, there are reoccurring requirements that must be met.

  • All nonprofits must file a Statement of Information with the Secretary of State every two years.
  • All nonprofits must hold an annual meeting of the directors logged in their corporate minutes.
  • All nonprofits (except schools, hospitals, and religious organizations) need to file the annual registration renewal fee report. The fee for the report may vary, so check in with the Idaho Secretary of State for further guidelines.

In order to form a for-profit corporation in Idaho, you will be required to pay various fees for services. The breakdown of the required fees for a domestic corporation are as follows:

  • Articles of Incorporation Filing Fee - $120 (add $40 for expedited filing, add $10 for same day service)
  • Annual Report Fee - $110

In total, expect to set aside at least $280 to form a corporation in Idaho.

According to the Idaho Secretary of State, foreign entities that wish to transact business in Idaho must first obtain a foreign registration statement. The filing fee is $100 plus $20 for manual processing. Checks must be made payable to the Idaho Secretary of State. The foreign registration statement application must be accompanied by a certificate of existence or certificate of good standing dated within 90 days from the date of filing with this office.

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