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New York Grants Six Month Extension to File Form CHAR500



New York State is granting an automatic 180-day extension to filers of the Annual Financial Report CHAR500.


Effective immediately, the New York State Charities Bureau has eliminated the formal written request process for an extension for filing the annual Form CHAR500. Registered charitable organizations may now file their Form CHAR500 (NYS Annual Filing for Charitable Organizations) along with all required attachments and fees within 180 days of the statutory deadline. The official notice can be found here.

New automatic extended due dates based on the registration type are provided below.

Charitable organizations filing for an extension of time to file with the Internal Revenue Service are required to keep those documents for a minimum of three years and make them available to the Charities Bureau upon request.

What Does CohnReznick Think?
The automatic extended filing deadline will benefit charitable organizations and reduce paperwork. However, certain state and city agencies have not updated their procedures in response to this change. Therefore, organizations may still receive notices from certain agencies requesting copies of the filed extension. The federal extension and a copy of the official notice should be provided. Once the other state and city agencies update their procedures, another alert will be issued.


For more information, please contact Thomas Lanning, a CohnReznick partner and member of the Firm’s Not-For-Profit and Education Industry Practice, at or 646-834-4108 or Magdalena Czerniawski, a senior manager in the Not-for-Profit and Education Industry Practice, at or 646-254-7419.
To learn more about the Not-for-Profit and Education Industry Practice, visit our webpage.

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