New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Issues Mandatory Online Registration


30-Day Grace Period for New Jersey Online Registration Extensions

As a follow up to our May 2018 Bulletin, due to various issues with the online filing of New Jersey Charity Renewal Registration Forms and Extension Requests, effective today June 29, 2018 all organizations with a Fiscal Year End 12/31/2017 (due date of 6/30/2018) will be given an additional 30 days to file an extension.

The Charities Registration website has been updated accordingly.

May 2018

Private Foundations Bulletin

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (“NJ DCA”) has recently issued a notice stating that after May 1, 2018 online filing of all New Jersey Charity Renewal Registration Forms and Extension Requests will be mandatory. Any Charity Renewal Registration Forms and Extension Requests received through the mail after May 1, 2018 will not be accepted and will be returned.

This means that the Form CRI-300R or CRI-200, along with the IRS Form 990/IRS Form 990-PF, now have to be completed by accessing the NJ DCA website. An authorized employee of the charitable organization must register on the DCA portal to request an account. Once established, that user can log into their “My NJ Account” and select Add a New Charity to gain access to the organization’s renewal page. Typically, this request takes two business days to process.

In addition, the charitable organization is now required to use the electronic versions of the CRI-300R or CRI-200 forms and upload the completed IRS Form 990/ IRS Form 990-PF, along with the audited or reviewed financial statements (if required). Users will need to upload the signature page of the registration renewal form, after it has been signed by the required two officers of the charitable organization. The signature page applies to all forms with the exception of the CRI-400 which has a signature check off certification in the portal.

The following is a listing of pertinent forms that have been made available for online submission within the NJ DCA portal:

  • CRI-200: Short Form Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI-150-I: Long Form Initial Renewal Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI-300R: Long Form Renewal Registration/Verification Statement
  • CRI-400:  Extension of Time to File the Annual Renewal Registration Statement and Financial Report for a Charitable Organization  

Please remember that the NJ DCA requires registered charitable organizations to file and renew their registration on an annual basis.  This renewal is due within six (6) months of the charitable organization’s year-end. All registration fees must be paid online via major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). A late fee of $25 will be automatically assessed for filings made after the annual due date.   

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Should you have any questions, please contact the following experienced professionals in our Philanthropic and Private Foundation Services Practice:

Thomas F. Blaney, CPA, CFE 
Partner, Co-Director of Foundation Services 
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Christopher D. Petermann, CPA 
Partner, Co-Director of Foundation Services 
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