Mandatory Online Charities Registration Comes to New Jersey

The State of New Jersey has made online filing mandatory for charitable organizations. Beginning January 1, 2017, all charity registrations and charity-related reporting must be filed online.

The Charities Registration page of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) website has been revised to accommodate the required filings. A responsible person of the organization must register on the DCA portal to request an account. This request is typically processed within two business days.

Once established, that representative can log in to his or her “My NJ Account” and select Add a New Charity to gain access to the organization’s renewal page. The online filing system will require the following scanned documents to be uploaded:

  • A completed and signed CRI-200/300
  • Copy of Form 990/990EZ/990PF
  • Copy of audited financial statements (if required)

A major credit card will also be required for registration and other fees, but no service fee will be assessed. Registration renewals filed after the annual due date (June 30) will incur a $25.00 late fee.  All fees are due and payable at the time of filing.

As of now, extensions must still be paper filed and accompanied by a check to cover applicable fees.

If you have any questions about this new statute or online filing system, please contact Marqus White, CPA, Tax Director, at (973) 472-6250.

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