Because of widespread disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division is extending by six months the filing deadlines for all annual charities filings for fiscal year 2019. This extension is in addition to automatic six-month extensions that many charities are granted.
In addition, where a signature is required, we will accept original signatures, photocopies of signatures, and e-signatures (e.g., DocuSign).
First Time Filing?
Register first! In order to obtain a valid certificate of solicitation, you must register. Registration forms and instructions are available here.
The Form PC is filed annually by all nonprofit charitable organizations conducting business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You must review our instructions before filling out the Form PC and obtaining a valid certificate of solicitation.
Forms can only be submitted in hard copy. They should be addressed to:
Office of the Attorney General
Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Payment must be made using the Commonwealth of Massachusetts secure, web-based payment system found at: www.mass.gov/service-details/electronic-payment-for-annual-filings-by-charities. Checks are not accepted at this time.
Information on IRS Forms: 990-N Not Accepted
As outlined in the AGO’s Form PC Instructions, all charities with a Gross Support and Revenue of more than $5,000 must submit a federal form and/or probate account in order to meet their annual filing requirements. We accept IRS Forms 990, 990-EZ, 990-PF, 1120 and 1041. We do not accept IRS Form 990-N. This means that charitable organizations completing the 990-N for the IRS must fill out and submit to the AGO the Form 990-EZ with their annual Form PC.
Annual charities filings are due four and a half months after the close of the charitable organization’s fiscal year.
Because of widespread disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division is extending by six months the filing deadlines for all annual charities filings for fiscal year 2019.
In addition, charitable organizations that are registered and in compliance with annual reporting requirements of the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division will be granted an automatic 6-month extension. A written request is not required.
For example, a public charity with a fiscal year end date of June 30, 2019 would normally file its annual charities filings on May 15, 2020 with a standard six-month extension. However, with the automatic extension because of COVID-19, that public charity’s annual filings will now be due on November 15, 2020.
These extensions will be automatic. A written request is not required.