What You’ll Learn
The following guidelines provide background information on the most common types of filings and the related exemptions in Vermont.
Getting to Know the State Nonprofit Corporation Law
State Nonprofit Corporation Law
For Religious Nonprofits
Understanding Religious Liberty in this State
Religious Liberty Protections
Other Relevant State Laws and Regulations
Key Employment Laws and Regulations
Conducting Activities or Programs in this State
Understanding the Business Registration Requirement
Depending on the type and volume of activities an organization has in this state, the organization may need to register as an out-of-state business (sometimes called a “foreign business”) with the secretary of state or another state agency. Not every out- of-state organization needs to register. An attorney can assist the organization in determining whether its connections with this state are significant enough to trigger the foreign business registration requirement. Examples of activities which might trigger this requirement include having employees physically located in the state, conducting programs in the state, and having an office in the state.
Business Registration Statute
Fundraising and Charitable Registration in This State
How to Know (And What to D0) If You're Fundraising In This State
In this state, charitable solicitation registration is no longer required as of October 16, 2019. Be sure to review other state registration and tax requirements, and stay apprised of updates by visiting the applicable state agency’s website. Paid fundraisers must file a notice of solicitation, which includes, among other things, a copy of the contract between the paid fundraiser and the charitable organization. The notice of solicitation must be accompanied by a bond in the amount of $20,000. 9 Vt .Stat. Ann. § 2473
If You're Fundraising In Multiple States, Make Sure You Understand the URS
Evaluate Whether You'll Need a Registered Agent
Some states require organizations to appoint a “registered agent” in the state as part of the organization’s charitable registration. This state does not currently have this requirement.
Follow the Rules About Communicating with the Public
This state does not require organizations to post specific language when conducting charitable solicitations.
Charitable Registration Statute
Charitable Registration Exemption Statute
Annual Report Requirement
Get Acquainted with State and Local Taxes and Exemptions
State and Local Taxes
In this state, organizations that have received recognition of federal income tax exemption under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) are automatically exempt from state income tax. Some organizations may choose to send a copy of their IRS determination letter to the state department of revenue to indicate the organization’s position that it qualifies for the exemption. Although an organization may be exempt, if it has unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) that is subject to federal taxation, that UBTI also will be subject to Vermont’s income tax. [See Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 32 § 5811(18)(D).]
It is also important to consider whether applying for sales and use tax and property tax exemptions would be appropriate for your organization. Information about state property tax exemption and sales and use tax exemptions is available from the Vermont Department of Taxes. An accountant or attorney can provide specific answers to questions about your organization’s eligibility for exemptions.
Corporate Income Tax Statute
Corporate Franchise Tax Statute
This state does not have a corporate franchise tax.
What You Need to Know About Sales Tax
State-Specific Special Requirements
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