posted on Feb, 10 2007 @ 02:26 PM
In my state, Texas, I have shepherded an organization through the 501(c)3 process.
Here, you file with the Secretary of State of Texas, and they have forms you fill out. I think the filing fee for most corporate entities in TX is
Note, however, that being a Texas not-for-profit doesn't automatically give you federal (501-c-3) status. You get incorporated in a state, and use
incorporation bylaws and language approved by the IRS for corps seeking 501 status.
The form from the IRS website you need is form 557.
Texas has a corporation franchise tax, but if you are granted federal 501 status, texas will exempt the tax if you request a waiver of tax.
I would also consider Delaware, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, or Wyoming. Some of those states are "open for business" to the extent they'll let
you incorporate in their state from outside. (you'd still have to register in some states where you did business).
But yeah, if you paid more than like $750 for the full tour, I'd say your lawyer is ripping you off. If you study hard and are willing to do a
little paperwork, you could do it yourself and save $200-$500, in my opinion.
all the best.