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NC Friends Requirements

NC Requirements to Operate a Friends Group

Legal Compliance Checklist for NC Nonprofit is a document from the NC Center for Nonprofits and is updated yearly in October. It is available for free only to members and FONCPL is a member.  FONCPL members may request a copy from FONCPL President. We suggest that you request the update each year in November.

NC General Statutes (NCGS) change from time to time, so these are links to the NCGS active at the time this website was updated, but we suggest that you go to the NCGS page and type in the chapter you wish to access.

NC Nonprofit Corporations Act NCGS Chapter 55A—applies to Friends

NC Sales Taxation and Nonprofit Organizations Link to NC General Statutes  Payment of sales tax.  There are still some differing opinions regarding paying sales tax on books sold at book sales.  If you only hold one book sale a year—you definitely don’t have to pay sales tax on goods sold, but if you do more than one sale or if you maintain a book shop or if you sell other items all year long—you probably do have to pay sales tax on all goods sold.  File form E-500 to pay the sales tax owed quarterly or monthly depending on the volume of sales.

FAQs—getting paid sales tax refunded to nonprofits  Your nonprofit is eligible to recoup sales tax you paid for purchases (e.g., your Friends bought and paid for new conference room chairs for the library).

NC Sales and Use Tax Bulletins January 1, 2021  This is updated yearly.

NC Charitable Solicitation License to be renewed annually

NC Secretary of State website—various forms for nonprofits.  Remember to keep the name and address of your registered agent current as this is the official mailing address for your Friends and you wouldn’t want to miss any official communication from the state.  This information appears on your Articles of Incorporation or any form you may have used to make changes.

Lotteries, gaming, bingo and raffles—NCGS Chapter 14 Article 37  These rules apply to any nonprofit that offers a bingo or raffle as a fundraising event, one that offers a game or casino night as a fundraising event or any nonprofit that serves or sells alcohol at a fundraising event.

Also, if a nonprofit sells raffle tickets and one of the prizes is alcoholic, the alcohol sales laws come into effect.  See 14B NC Administrative Code 15A.2206

The links were last checked in October 2021. Please email the FONCPL webmaster to report any broken links or any additional resources you recommend.

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