A non-profit organization “NPO” (also “non-profit” or “not-for-profit”) is a legally formed organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes. NPO’s are active in a wide range of areas, including the environment, humanitarian aid, education, the arts, social issues, charities, health care, politics, religion, research, sports or other endeavors.
We have formed and organized numerous non-profits under California law and helped them obtain tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Organizing a non-profit is more complex than a for-profit corporation since the organizing documents must meet a number of criteria to qualify for tax-exempt status. Often the margin of error in getting tax-exempt status is very slim. The Law Offices of David M. Zeligs can help you prepare the organizing documents and the tax-exempt application to maximize your odds of getting immediate approval from the IRS. If your application gets denied for any reason, we can prepare the appeal letter/brief and provide strong advocacy during the appeal process.