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Close your Non-Profit in Rhode Island

Non-profit corporations in Rhode Island that have been dissolved or stop conducting business in the state must formally withdraw their non-profit registration.


Deciding to Close Your Non-Profit

Your bylaws may dictate who can decide to close your non-profit and how to do so. Make sure to document all decisions.


Comply with Employment and Labor Laws

State law requires that final paychecks are to be paid to employees within twenty-four (24) hours of their last day of work (R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 28-14). If an employee has completed at least one year of service, then holiday pay, vacation pay, and insurance benefits are to be paid within twenty-four (24) hours of their last day of work.

The Warn Act is a federal law requiring employers of 100 or more full-time workers to give 60-days advance notice of a plant closing or mass layoff. This federal law applies to employers in the State of Rhode Island.

Employers with 100 or more full-time workers are affected if:

  • They close a facility or discontinue an operating unit with 50 or more workers; or
  • They lay off 50-499 workers and these workers comprise at least 33% of the total workforce at a single site of employment; or
  • They lay off 500 or more workers at a single site of employment.

The law requires that this notification be given to the appropriate local chief elected official, the Dislocated Worker Unit of the RI Department of Labor & Training, and the collective bargaining representative of affected employees or each employee if the employees do not have such representation.


Resolve Financial Obligations

Notify all lenders and creditors of your plans to dissolve the non-profit and settle remaining debt. If you are unable to pay your debts, you may want to consider filing for receivership or bankruptcy protection.

Contact creditors. It’s a good idea to discuss your financial obligations with your accountant, attorney, and insurers to ensure that you have everything accounted for.

You may need to close out your business bank account(s) and cancel your business-related credit cards. Consult your accountant or attorney prior to closing any account(s)


Submit Appropriate Documents

You must file the following forms with the RI Department of State in order to legally dissolve your non-profit.

Review the IRS Termination of an Exempt Organization if your non-profit is considered tax exempt.

NOTE: After submitting your document, be sure to confirm your filing.


Cancel Registrations, Permits and Licenses

Be sure to cancel all licenses and permits you will no longer need.


Maintain Records

You may be legally required to maintain records, particularly tax and employment records, even after your non-profit has closed.

Until you legally close your non-profit with the RI Department of State, you will continue to be responsible for annual filings.