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Nonprofit corporation

A nonprofit corporation is any legal entity which has been incorporated under the law of its jurisdiction for purposes other than making profits for its owners or shareholders. Depending on the laws of the jurisdiction, a nonprofit corporation may seek official recognition as such, and may be taxed differently from for-profit corporations, and treated differently in other ways.


  • Public-benefit nonprofit corporations 1
  • Religious corporation 2
    • Corporation sole 2.1
  • Mutual-benefit nonprofit corporations 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Public-benefit nonprofit corporations

A public benefit, rather than for the interest of its members. They are also distinct in the law from religious corporations.

Religious corporation

A religious purposes.

Often these types of corporations are recognized under the law on a subnational level, for instance by a state or province government. The government agency responsible for regulating such corporations is usually the official holder of records, for instance a state Secretary of State. Religious corporations are formed like all other nonprofit corporations by filing articles of incorporation with the state. Religious corporation articles need to have the standard tax exempt language the IRS requires.

Religious corporations are subject to less rigorous state and federal filing and reporting requirements than many other tax-exempt organizations, such as mutual benefit nonprofit corporations, or public benefit nonprofit corporations.[2] Depending on the state in which they are located, they may also be exempt from some of the inspections or regulations governing non-religious groups performing the same services.[3]

Corporation sole

Religious corporations are permitted to designate a person to act in the capacity of corporation sole (please note that it is not related nor spelled similarly to "soul"). This is a person who acts as the official holder of title on property, etcetera.

Mutual-benefit nonprofit corporations


  • California Code - Part 2: NONPROFIT PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATIONS [5110. - 6910.
  • Organization of California Nonprofit, Nonstock Corporations

External links

  1. ^ California Code - Part 2: NONPROFIT PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATIONS [5110. - 6910.
  2. ^ Tax Information for Churches and Religious Organizations
  3. ^ Henriques, Diana B. (8 October 2006). "Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow". NY Times. pp. A1. 
  4. ^ IRS page on Mutual Benefit Corporations
  5. ^


See also

A utility cooperative is an example of an MBNC.

A mutual-benefit corporation can be non-profit or not-for-profit, but it still must pay regular corporate tax rates. A mutual benefit corporation will pay the same taxes as a regular for-profit corporation. (C corporation tax rates). Mutual benefit corporations must still file tax returns and pay income tax because they are not formed for a purpose that anyone in the world could benefit from. Mutual benefit corporations are formed for nonprofit purposes like managing a condo association, a downtown business district, or a homeowners association.


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