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Not-for-Profits Take Note: Your New jersey Charitable Renewal Registration Forms Must Now Be Filed Online

by | May 14, 2018 | Not-for-Profits

Policy UpdateIn accordance with an announcement posted on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) website, all New Jersey charitable renewal registration forms and extension requests must be filed online through the new DCA portal, effective May 1, 2018.  Any charity renewal registrations and/or extensions that the State receives through the mail after May 1, 2018, will not be accepted and will be returned to the filing organization. 

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) revised its Charity Registration website in order to transition to an online portal.  Over the past several years, the DCA has been setting up the portal in an effort to transition from paper filing of various forms to an online process.  The DCA Portal will allow charities and paid fundraisers to complete registration requirements by entering all data that applied to them through online forms.  The New Jersey DCA requires registered charities to file and renew their registration annually.  This renewal is due within six (6) months of the organization’s year-end. 

In December 2017, the State made the following forms available for online submission:

  • CRI-200: Short Form Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI-150I: Long Form Initial Renewal Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI 300R: Long Form Renewal Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI 400:  Extension of Time to File the Annual Renewal Registration Statement and Financial Report for a Charitable Organization

In order to complete the online forms through the DCA portal, an account will have to be set up on an individual basis and then linked to the registered charities.  The individual filing the forms online will need to have a myNewJersey account.  After setting up the myNewJersey account, access to the DCA portal will be granted to the individual.  The myNewJersey account will be linked to the charity by clicking “add a new charity” on the website. 

In addition, copies of the Federal form 990, 99O-EZ or 990-PF and the certified audit (if applicable) will have to be uploaded to the portal.  The user will also need to print the signature page of the registration renewal from the website and upload the page to the portal, after two officers of the organization have signed it.

Organizations with gross contributions of $25,000 or less may file Form CRI-200:  Short Form Registration/Verification Statement. There is a $30 registration fee is required with this form.

Organizations with gross contributions of $25,001 or more are required to file Form CRI-300R: Long Form Renewal Registration/Verification Statement.  In addition, organizations that complete the long form registration and received over $500,000 in total gross revenue for the year must also submit audited financial statements with their registration. Fees for this registration range from $60-$250, depending on gross contributions.

All registration fees must be paid online via major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).  The state will assess a late fee of $25 for filings made after the annual due date.


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