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No single form or government agency establishes a nonprofit organization. Organizations may need to follow a number of steps and consult different federal and State agencies to comply with all the procedures and laws. Although many of these procedures do not involve the Division of Taxation, we offer some basic information and links for assistance.

General Information


Forming a Nonprofit
Starting a Nonprofit in New Jersey Questions and Answers
Tax Treatment of Nonprofit Organizations and Government Entities PDF (823 kb)

State Tax Exemptions

Corporation Business Tax

Corporation Business Tax Exemption

Sales Tax

Exempt Organization Certificate Form ST-5 PDF (46 kb)

Exempt Organization Certificate Form ST-5 Questions and Answers PDF (27 kb)

Application for ST-5 Exempt Organization Certificate Form REG-1E PDF (75 kb)

Exempt Organization Certificate Form ST-5 Replacements and Updates

Exempt Organization Certificate Form ST-5 Application Process PDF (75 kb

Sales Tax Information for Organizations Having Exemption Certificate

Diplomatic/Consular Sales Tax Exemptions PDF (72 kb)

Federal Employees Claiming Sales Tax Exemption PDF (13 kb)


Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax: If your organization has a valid ST-5, a one-year or longer contract for these products, and sales invoices meeting certain standards, call (609) 633-9057 for information or download the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax Exemption Form PPT-5
PDF (60 kb).

Helpful Links
Business Gateway Services
  • Incorporation and amendments to incorporation
  • Corporate annual report
  • Employer withholdings and UI/DI tax registration
  • Form NJ-REG
Center for Nonprofits: Through advocacy, education, capacity building programs and member services, this organization gives nonprofits the knowledge and tools they need to pursue their missions more effectively.

Charities Registration
  • Registering for soliciting donations
  • Registering 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Federal Form 990
Internal Revenue Service

  • 501(c)(3), (c)(4), etc. determination letters
  • Federal employer identification numbers

Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission

  • Registering for raffles, 50/ 50's, etc.
Nonprofit Information Center Portal: The portal maintains, in a single, accessible location, a directory of State departments and agencies that provide resources to assist nonprofits in their daily operations.

View or download a list of agencies, including addresses and telephone numbers PDF (57 kb)

Publications for Organizations That Have a Valid ST-5 Exempt Organization Certificate

TB-46: Exemptions for Organizations Having ST-5 Exempt Organization Certificates PDF (42 kb)
TB-49: Purchases and Sales by Schools and Affiliated Organizations PDF (42 kb)
TB-50(R): Amusement Ride Operator's Responsibility to Remit Sales Tax For Admission Charges to Carnivals Conducted In Conjunction With Exempt Organizations PDF (41 kb)
TB-67: Contractor Exemption for Improving, Altering, or Repairing the Real Property of Qualified Exempt Entities PDF (43 kb)
TB-75: Admission Charges for Events Benefitting Nonprofit Entities PDF (78 kb)

Last Updated: Monday, 03/21/16

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