Charities

All charitable organizations operating in New York State are required by law to register and file annual financial reports with the Attorney General's Office. This includes any organization that conducts charitable activities, holds property that is used for charitable purposes, or solicits financial or other contributions.

The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau now offers online registration for charitable organizations. Please refer to the Online registration userguide and Online registration FAQ’s for help using the new online system.

View forms and instructions for registering a charitable lead trust or a charitable remainder trust.

Update: Additional Six-Month Annual Filing Extension

The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau currently grants an automatic six-month extension to charities required to file an annual financial report with the Charities Bureau. For example, the annual financial report of organizations whose year-end is December 31, 2019 is due to be filed by May 15, 2020, but, with the automatic extension, the report is not due until November 15, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any organization whose filing deadline, including the automatic six-month extension, was originally after February 15, 2020, will be given an additional six-month extension to file its annual financial report.

E-File: Complete your CHAR500 and file attachments online at Form990.org .

Printable forms for manual filing:

Annual Filing