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The Digital Media Law Project has an excellent guide to “Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Massachusetts” . The guide includes six steps, including instructions on how to apply for federal and state tax exempt status, and a link to an “Introduction to the 501(c)(3) Application Process” .

The I.R.S. has streamlined the application process for 501(c)(3) status for certain eligible organizations. The Form 1023-EZ Eligibility Worksheet is available as part of the Instructions for the form. If you are not eligible to file Form 1023-EZ, you can still file Form 1023.

“Massachusetts Law About Corporations” includes access to the Mass. General Laws, and links to more information about nonprofit corporations in Massachusetts.

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