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Reporting Requirements for Illinois Non-Profits


If you are a non-profit or a “not-for-profit” entity, there are a variety of reporting requirements you must make on an annual basis. This article will generally address the Illinois reporting requirements, but please keep in mind that the state and federal reporting requirements for each non-profit varies based upon a variety of factors.

In Illinois, all non-profit organizations must register with the Illinois Attorney General. This requirement includes any charity and any professional fundraising organization that is based in Illinois. All non-profits must all submit an annual report to the Illinois Attorney General. The registration and annual reporting requirements may be found on the Illinois Attorney General’s website.

If you plan on hosting any gaming events such as bingo, raffles, or pull tabs at fundraising events, your non-profit will need a special license. Contact the Illinois Department of Revenue to apply for the license. There is a fee associated with the license.

If your non-profit organization has any employees that are paid a wage or a salary for their time, you will need to register with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. You can learn more about registering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security by visiting their website.

Your county, city, or township may also have reporting requirements for your non-profit. Many counties and cities require that all businesses register with them. Additionally, if you are hosting bingo, raffles, or pull-tabs in order to raise money, you may also need to register with the city and county.

Running a non-profit is very fulfilling and it usually brings joy to all who are involved. Non-profit organizations meet the needs that they see in their communities. At the same time, non-profits bring individuals together to work for a common goal. However, it is important to remember to the legal filing requirements to ensure the continuation of the non-profit. If you have questions about your non-profit’s reporting requirements with Illinois, or with your county or city, please feel free to contact one of our attorneys to discuss your questions.