ALERT: SOLICITING CHARITY ANNUAL REPORT DEADLINE CHANGES IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

Due to potential disruptions to the AGO’s operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the AGO has automatically extended for four months the deadline for soliciting charitable organizations to file FY19 annual reports that are currently due between April 15, 2020 and July 15, 2020, under Minn. Stat. § 309.53. 

  • New due dates for affected organizations are listed below:
Accounting Year-End Annual Report Due Date Automatic Extended Due Date
September 30, 2019 April 15, 2020 August 17, 2020
October 31, 2019 May 15, 2020 September 15, 2020
November 30, 2019 June 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
December 31, 2019 July 15, 2020 November 16, 2020
  • You do NOT need to request an extension if your reporting deadline falls into this time period. It is automatically extended.
  • You are encouraged to file toward the end of your new extended deadline to increase the AGO’s ability to process your filings in a timely manner.
  • You are encouraged to file electronically to increase the AGO’s ability to process your filings in a timely manner.
  • No late fees will be assessed if you file by your new extended due date.
  • All other deadlines and obligations remain the same.
  • These changes do not apply to charitable trusts filings under Minn. Stat. s 501B.

Request an Extension of a Filing Deadline

Charitable organizations and charitable trusts may request extensions of the date by which they must file their annual reporting materials. Minnesota law does not permit professional fundraisers to extend the deadline by which they must file reports and other materials. Charities may request a four month extension, and charitable trusts may request a six month extension. Charities and charitable trusts may request an extension electronically or by mail.

Request an Extension Electronically. Charities and charitable trusts may request an extension electronically as directed below. If the request is granted, an email will be sent to the email address that was provided notifying the organization of this fact. This email will also identify the new date by which the charity or charitable trust must file its annual report. You should receive this email within 24 hours of properly submitting your extension request. If you do not receive an e-mail, it may be because your request was not properly submitted, you provided an inaccurate email address, or the email response to your extension request was filtered into a spam email folder. If multiple extension requests were submitted for different organizations, email should be received for each request. Charities and charitable trusts should save all emails granting extension requests for their records.

Soliciting Charities

Year-end Due Date Extension
JAN 31 AUG 15 DEC 15
FEB 28 SEP 15 JAN 15
MAR 31 OCT 15 FEB 15
APR 30 NOV 15 MAR 15
MAY 31 DEC 15 APR 15
JUN 30 JAN 15 MAY 15
JUL 31 FEB 15 JUN 15
AUG 31 MAR 15 JUL 15
SEP 30 APR 15 AUG 15
OCT 31 MAY 15 SEP 15
NOV 30 JUN 15 OCT 15
DEC 31 JUL 15 NOV 15

Charitable Trusts

Year-end Due Date Extension
JAN 31 JUN 15 DEC 15
FEB 28 JUL 15 JAN 15
MAR 31 AUG 15 FEB 15
APR 30 SEP 15 MAR 15
MAY 31 OCT 15 APR 15
JUN 30 NOV 15 MAY 15
JUL 31 DEC 15 JUN 15
AUG 31 JAN 15 JUL 15
SEP 30 FEB 15 AUG 15
OCT 31 MAR 15 SEP 15
NOV 30 APR 15 OCT 15
DEC 31 MAY 15 NOV 15

Request an Extension:

Request an extension electronically by providing the following information:

Charity/Charitable Trust's Federal EIN:
CONFIRM Federal EIN:
 
Email Address to Which Response Should Be Sent:
CONFIRM Email Address:
(must use a valid email address, your response will get sent here)
 
Name of Person Requesting Extension:



Request an Extension by Mail. In the alternative, charities and charitable trusts may request by mail an extension of the date by which to file annual reporting materials. To do so, please send a letter indicating that the organization requests an extension and provide the following information: the name of the charity or charitable trust, the organization's federal EIN, and the name of the person requesting the extension. Send the letter to:

Minnesota Attorney General's Office
Charities Division
ATTN: Extension Request

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Please note that those who request extensions by mail will not receive any written acknowledgment that the request was received or granted. If a charity or charitable trust submits an extension request by mail and would like to know if the request was granted, it should look up the due date for the organization's annual report online using the Search for Charities tool. If an extension request submitted by mail has been granted, the organization's profile will indicate the request was "Granted" in the "Extension" field.

Charities and charitable trusts may contact the Minnesota Attorney General's Office at (651) 757-1496 or (800) 657-3787 with any questions about requesting an extension of the deadline to file their annual report.