Tax 990

Oklahoma Nonprofits
Registration, Tax Exemption, and Annual Report Filing Requirements

Oklahoma Nonprofits - A Guide to Registration and Tax Compliance

Understanding the guidelines and requirements set by the relevant state agency is essential for successfully establishing and operating a
nonprofit organization.

Here, you can find out how to start and register a nonprofit in Oklahoma, obtain tax-exempt status, understand the annual filing requirements for nonprofits
in the state, and more.

Requirements Registration Registration Annual Filing Annual Filing
With the State of Oklahoma With the Secretary of State Charity Annual Renewal
Required Forms

Required Forms

Certificate of Incorporation Registration Statement of Charitable Organization Registration Statement of Charitable Organization
Due Date

Due Date

Before establishing a Nonprofit entity Before soliciting any contributions on or before the anniversary of organization’s registration
Filing Fee

Filing Fee

$25 $15 - $65 $15 - $65

Frequently Asked Questions


How to Start a Nonprofit in Oklahoma?

To start a nonprofit in the state of Oklahoma, you must follow these registration procedures.

Article of Incorporation Registration with the Oklahoma Secretary of State:

To register your nonprofit in Oklahoma, you must submit the organization's name and Certificate of Incorporation to the Oklahoma Secretary of State, along with the incorporation filing fee of $25.

Typically, this submission must include the following information:

  • Name of the corporation
  • Name and address of the registered agent
  • Purpose of the formation
  • Number of trustees and directors
  • Name and address of trustees and directors

Charity Registration with the Oklahoma Secretary of State:

Oklahoma law mandates that charitable organizations soliciting contributions must complete the charity’s initial filing and pay a registration fee of $15 - $65.


How to Obtain Tax-Exempt Status from the State of Oklahoma?

Oklahoma law requires certain nonprofit organizations to file Form 13-16-A - (Application for Sales Tax Exemption) with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to obtain an exemption from the Oklahoma sales tax.

It’s important to note that not all the nonprofits that obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS are eligible for sales tax exemption with the state of Oklahoma. The organizations that qualify for Oklahoma sales tax exemption are specifically legislated.


What are the Annual Filing Requirements for Nonprofits in Oklahoma?

Charitable Organization Renewal Notice:

In Oklahoma, charitable organizations are generally required to renew annually by submitting a Registration Statement of Charity Organization.


When is the Deadline for Charitable Organizations’ Annual Renewal?

In Oklahoma, charitable organizations are generally required to renew annually on or before the anniversary of the organization’s registration with the secretary of state.


How do I file an annual renewal with the state of Oklahoma?

Charitable Organization Renewal can be filed either electronically or on paper with the state of Oklahoma.

  • You can renew electronically through the online portal provided by the Oklahoma state.
  • If not, you can complete the registration renewal and mail it to the address shown below:
    Oklahoma Secretary of State,
    421 N.W. 13th, Suite 210,
    Oklahoma City,
    OK 73103.

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