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Change Of Name And Focus Of 501c3

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Change Of Name And Focus Of 501c3

Postby Burhardt » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:45 am

Hello,

I am a Pastor and I have a 501c3 that our ministry started in California a couple of years ago. We are changing our focus to more social services related, this will include a change of name. How do I do this and what kind of forms are needed. Also I have not sent any paper work in to the state or Federal IRS in some time. So I don't know what I need to send in from the past etc.

Thanks Keith

ANSWER: First you should check with the California Secretary of State's office to find out the status of the corporation as you indicated that you have not sent any paperwork" for some time and that may mean that the organization was suspended.  When suspended the corporation may not do anything else before reactivating through the State.  Check at:http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/list.html and let me know when you have found that the organization is active or you have had it reactivated and I can then advise you further. Harvey Mechanic

Attorney at Law

[email protected]

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Harvey,

Thanks for the quick reply. The corporation is currently active and in good standing with the state. Is there a way of checking the status with Federal?

Keith

ANSWER: An officer of your organization should call the IRS

Exempt Organizations unit in Cincinnati at 1-877-829-

5500, 2,4 to request an updated exemption determination

letter.  There is no charge for that and the IRS may be

able to fax or mail that to you soon, at your request.

For some requests the IRS will give you the answer

immediately but then you will need to be right at a fax

machine so that you could send a fax while that

particular agent is on the line.

You are welcome. Harvey Mechanic

Attorney at Law

[email protected]

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Harvey,

Thanks again for your prompt reply. I just talked to the IRS, our 501c3 is in good standing and she is mailing out a new determination letter, as they no longer fax them. So things are fine there. I guess my original question now can be addressed. How do I change the name and focus of the Corporation, it will still be a ministry, but no longer tied to a church setting.

Regards,

Keith
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Change Of Name And Focus Of 501c3

Postby Blayke » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:22 am

Hello,

I am a Pastor and I have a 501c3 that our ministry started in California a couple of years ago. We are changing our focus to more social services related, this will include a change of name. How do I do this and what kind of forms are needed. Also I have not sent any paper work in to the state or Federal IRS in some time. So I don't know what I need to send in from the past etc.

Thanks Keith

ANSWER: First you should check with the California Secretary of State's office to find out the status of the corporation as you indicated that you have not sent any paperwork" for some time and that may mean that the organization was suspended.  When suspended the corporation may not do anything else before reactivating through the State.  Check at:http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/list.html and let me know when you have found that the organization is active or you have had it reactivated and I can then advise you further. Harvey Mechanic

Attorney at Law

[email protected]

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Harvey,

Thanks for the quick reply. The corporation is currently active and in good standing with the state. Is there a way of checking the status with Federal?

Keith

ANSWER: An officer of your organization should call the IRS

Exempt Organizations unit in Cincinnati at 1-877-829-

5500, 2,4 to request an updated exemption determination

letter.  There is no charge for that and the IRS may be

able to fax or mail that to you soon, at your request.

For some requests the IRS will give you the answer

immediately but then you will need to be right at a fax

machine so that you could send a fax while that

particular agent is on the line.

You are welcome. Harvey Mechanic

Attorney at Law

[email protected]

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

Harvey,

Thanks again for your prompt reply. I just talked to the IRS, our 501c3 is in good standing and she is mailing out a new determination letter, as they no longer fax them. So things are fine there. I guess my original question now can be addressed. How do I change the name and focus of the Corporation, it will still be a ministry, but no longer tied to a church setting.

Regards,

Keith
Blayke
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:32 pm

Change Of Name And Focus Of 501c3

Postby Dickie » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:38 am

Your organization would need to change the name with an amendment or restating of the articles of incorporation and file with the filing fee with the California Secretary of State's Office. www.sos.ca.gov/business/corp/corp_faq.htm#question4 After that is done your organization would amend its bylaws to reflect the changes. Then notify the IRS. Exempt organizations' determination letters state that if its

mode of operation changes it should notify the IRS of the change

so that the IRS can determine the effect on its exempt status.

Your organization certainly can inform the IRS that it wants to

engage in those new activities and see what reply comes. You can

see that standard notification in the sample determination letter

at:

www.mcsb.us/Documents/IRS%20501c3%20Approval%200001.pdf

on page three under the heading "Notify Us On These Matters"

An exempt organization that is required to file an annual return

must report name, address, and structural and operational changes

on its return. Regardless of whether an organization files an

annual return, it may also report these changes to the EO

Determinations Office; however, such reporting does not relieve

the organization from reporting the changes on its annual return.

TIP: Attach copies of any signed or state certified articles of

incorporation, or association, constitution or trust instrument

or other organization document, or the bylaws or other governing

document showing changes. If signed or state certified copies of

a governing document are not available, an authorized officer may

certify that the governing document provided is a complete and

accurate copy of the original document. Harvey Mechanic

Attorney at Law

[email protected]
Dickie
 
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