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Nonprofit Organizations & NGOs: Regulatory & Tax Information

Research Guide for your Nonprofit or NGO project.

Regulatory and Taxation Information

Internal Revenue Service Topics for Charities and Nonprofits

NPO Annual Informational Returns Links

  • Links to some nonprofit annual returns for Nonprofits

  • Links include tax information, incorporation information, and state forms and procedures 

NCNA: Federal Policy Issues

  • From the National Council of Nonprofits.  Information on policy affecting nonprofits, including oversight and accountability, advocacy, fiscal policy, charitable solicitations, government grant and contract issues 

Nonprofit Startup Guide

  • Resource from Harbor Compliance (from their site - "We are more than a business document filing service, we're a long-term partner committed to helping you succeed. We started Harbor Compliance because we felt that existing incorporation services fail to provide adequate ongoing support with maintaining your business. ")
  • Guide includes links to freely available templates to assist with incorporation of a new Nonprofit organization.

IRS 990 Form Information

Internal Revenue Service Topics for Charities and Nonprofits

How to Read the IRS Form 990 & Find Out What it Means

990 FAQ from Guidestar

  • This includes a great deal of information about how they get the forms and how long it takes to post

Demystifying the 990-PF

  • Document from the Foundation Center
  • Includes information specifically about the 990-PF, the document files by private foundations

What is Form 990? How is it Used?

  • From
  • Includes links to information about the new filing rule changes imposed by the IRS starting in 2008.   


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