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How to register a foreign non-profit organization in MA (original

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How to register a foreign non-profit organization in MA (original registered in NY)? How to apply tax exemption for a personal owned property for religious use in MA?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

Lane :

Hi,

Lane :

Here's where you get all of the form for Foreign corporations for MA

Lane :

And you werwe asking about a PROPERTY TAX exemption on the personally owned property?

Customer :

is non-profit different from profit organization while register as a foreign corp?

Customer :

yes

Lane :

No, you'll just register as a foreign, non-profit

Customer :

for property tax exemption, i found a form 128. Do I just need to file that form?

Lane :

Is the form for that specific locality?

Customer :

http://www.mass.gov/dor/docs/dls/publ/brochures/charity.pdf

Customer :

is that the only form I need to fill out?

Lane :

:) looks like we crosse in "the mail" Fom that it says:


Lane :

Institutions and organizations, such as hospitals,
schools, churches and cultural institutions, may
qualify for an exemption from local taxes on real
and personal property they own. Ownership does
not automatically entitle an organization to an
exemption, however. This brochure explains the
general criteria that must be met and procedures
that must be followed for an exemption to be
granted.

Lane :

The board of assessors in each city or town is
responsible for administering property tax
exemptions. Exemptions are granted by the
assessors according to Massachusetts law.

Lane :

An organization seeking a charitable exemption for
personal property, or a particular parcel of real
property, must make an initial application to the
local board of assessors. Once an exemption is
established for that property, no further application
is required, provided there is no change in
ownership, occupancy or other eligibility criteria.
Application forms are available at the assessors’
office. The organization must provide whatever
information is reasonably required to establish
eligibility. This information may include, but is not
limited to:
• Articles of incorporation, charter or declaration of
trust
• Organization by-laws
• Identification of officers, directors or trustees
• Description of charitable activities
• Description of the use of the property, including
use by all lessees or other occupants.

Lane :

Ahhhh

Customer :

I see. Thanks.

Lane :

According to the flyer it says ---

Lane :

Hang on a sec

Lane :

A religious organization does not have to file any specific
application form to establish exempt status for a house of
worship or parsonage. If it is claiming exemption for the first
time, or for property not previously exempt as a house of
worship or parsonage, it should contact the assessors’ office
and provide the information needed to establish exempt status
and have the property removed from the tax rolls.

Lane :

(as opposed to other forms of charities)

Customer :

it was a church before.

Lane :

Then you can probably just call the assessors office and tell them that it will continue to be a church, and that you wanted to be sure they had everything they need to keep it off the tax rolls

Lane :

And you can use this as your documentation 9reference)

Lane :

TAXPAYER’S GUIDE TO LOCAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
RELIGIOUS and CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
Clauses 3, 10, 11

Customer :

Ok. Thanks.

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Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

Thanks for the rating Jason.

If I can help further, let me know.



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Thanks again,

Lane

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