State Late Fees at Initial Fundraising Registration
It's the Solicitation, Not the Donation
Almost every state requires that you declare, on first filing, the date on which your organization first solicited residents of that state. It’s this solicitation, not a donation, that triggers fundraising registration requirements. This solicitation date, and a sworn affirmation, become part of the public record for all potential donors to see.
States that currently impose fines and/or back filing requirements upon initial registration often include: CA, DC, IL, MA, NM, OH, PA, and RI. In brief, their requirements are listed below.
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It doesn't hurt to ask the reviewing regulator to waive these fines and/or back filing requirements, but organizations should be prepared to pay for not having previously registered in advance of soliciting for donations, as required by law with each state, and do the work to come into compliance.
Note, different late fees often apply when filing renewals. In the event an organization was previously registered and failed to maintain that registration, different fees and filing requirements by the states will apply.
This list is accurate as of September 1, 2023.