How to File the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

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Filing the Public Records Filing for New Business Entity is a critical step in starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit in New Jersey. Whether you have been running a charity for a while or are just starting out, your nonprofit organization will need to fill out the Public Records Filing for New Business Entity and file them with the State of New Jersey. This will allow you to file for 501(c)(3) status and reap the benefits of having an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in New Jersey is easy, just follow these easy steps to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity:

If you are starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in New Jersey, you have come to the right place. After reading the comprehensive guide for New Jersey nonprofit formation, follow this guide to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity with the Department of Treasury.

What is covered in this guide:

  1. Information you will need to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity
  2. How to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity
  3. New Jersey Nonprofit Formation FAQ

Information you will need to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

To become a nonprofit corporation in New Jersey, you must file a Public Records Filing for New Business Entity with the state's Department of the Treasury.

Here are the sections that you will need to complete:

Section 1: Entity Name and Type

Enter the name you selected.

For help with selecting a name for your nonprofit read our comprehensive guide on how to name a New Jersey nonprofit.

Section 2: Type of Business Entity

Put in the state code for your type of organization.

The code for domestic nonprofits is ‘NP’.

Section 3: Business Purpose

Describe the purpose of your nonprofit organization.

In order to qualify for 501(c)(3) status, the organization’s purpose must explicitly be limited to one or more of the following:

  • Charitable
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Literary
  • Testing for public safety
  • Fostering national/international amateur sports competition
  • Preventing cruelty to animals/children

NOTE: You can read the IRS guidelines.

Section 4: Stock

Leave this section blank for your nonprofit.

Section 5: Duration

If your organization is planning to be in existence for a fixed amount of time put the end date here.

Most organizations are not started with an end date in mind. If this is the case for your nonprofit, leave this space blank.

Section 6 & 7: Leave Blank

If you are starting a domestic nonprofit, you can leave these sections blank.

Section 8: Contact Information

Write in the name and address of the registered agent you have selected for your organization. All official correspondence will be sent to this address.

For more information read our guide: What is a registered agent? And The New Jersey Registered Agent Guide.

Section 9: Management

Write the Names and Addresses of at least three of your trustees.

Section 10: Incorporator

The incorporator can be any person helping the nonprofit incorporate. This can be you or your attorney. The incorporator does not need to be a part of the nonprofit.

Section 11A: Domestic Nonprofit Corporations

You can select “As set forth in the by-laws” for 1a, 1b, and 2.

For 3, you must include provisions ensuring that in the event your organization is dissolved, the assets of the organization will be used towards tax-exempt purposes.

Section 5 of this sample document provides an example of these provisions required for 501(c)(3) eligibility.

How to file the New Jersey Public Records Filing for New Business Entity

To submit your Public Records Filing, you will need to file through the Department of the Treasury's online portal.

There is a $75 processing fee with an additional $3.50 convenience fee when you apply online and pay by credit card.

New Jersey Nonprofit Formation FAQ

How long does it take to process the paperwork?

Online filings typically take about 1-2 business days. 

How do I contact theDepartment of the Treasury?

You can call for information at (609) 292-9292, fax them at (609) 984-6849, or visit them at their website.