All charitable trusts established or active in Ohio are required to register with the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section. The registration form is filed with a copy of the instrument creating the charitable organization and the IRS letter granting exempt status.
In addition to the registration requirement, the charity must file an annual report, attaching a copy of IRS Form 990. The filing deadline is the same date as the Form 990 filing deadline, i.e., the fifteenth day of the fifth month following the close of the fiscal year end. If the Form 990 is on extension, the registration deadline is automatically extended. One does not want to file the financial report late. The Attorney General assesses a $200 late fee.