First and foremost thank you for your support. This organization would not exist if not for you and the responsibilities that we've been entrusted with are not taken lightly.
If you'd like to let us know how we're doing, what we're doing right, and what we can improve on, you can contact us here. Naturally we have certain limitations that we have to operate under and it would be impossible to act upon every idea presented to us. Nevertheless, we value your feedback and read every message received.
All public charities in the United States are required by the Internal Revenue Service to make certain documents available to the public including their tax-exemption application and supporting documents, the exemption ruling letter provided by the IRS, and its annual information returns (Form 990 series). While Encouragemint is no longer a tax-exempt organization, these documents and others remain freely available for download and public inspection below.
Tax Exempt Status
Encouragemint, Inc was established as a corporation in New Jersey with non-profit goals and organized as a charitable organization under Title 15A of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.
All organizations in the United States seeking tax-exemption (non-profit status), which like us are mostly corporations, must apply through the Internal Revenue Service by filing IRS Form 1023: Application for Recognition of Exemption Under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. You may click the links below to view our application. Because it is a large document, it has been broken down into two parts for easier downloading.
Encouragemint prepared and submitted our exemption application (Form 1023) in September of 2013. In October 2013 we received confirmation that our application had been received. That confirmation letter may be viewed here.
Then in September of 2014 we received a determination letter indicating that Encouragemint, Inc. had been approved for federal income tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or IRC. One of the benefits of this is that contributions made to us were tax deductible under section 170 of the IRC and that we were then qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under sections 2055, 2106, and 2522.
We were also classified as a public charity, as opposed to a private foundation. A copy of the federal tax exemption determination letter is available here. After obtaining Federal tax-exemption status, Encouragemint also obtained state tax-exemption. Click here to view a copy of the state issued tax-exemption letter.
Confirmation of Tax Exempt Status from the IRS
As previously mentioned, Encouragemint is no longer a tax-exempt organization. This was a voluntary decision made on our part as we sought to downsize our operations. You can learn more about Encouragemint by visiting our About Us page.
If you would like to check the tax-exempt (noprofit) status of any US based organization, you may do so using the IRS' Tax Exempt Organization Search tool. Once on the IRS website, scroll down and click the button that says "Tax Exempt Organization Search".
That will bring you to a page that allows you to search for organizations "that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions". To proceed, check the first radio button and then enter the name of the organization you would like to search for.
If the organization then comes up in the search results it means that (1) they're recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit organization and (2) donations you may make to the organization are tax deductible on your own personal income tax return. Some restrictions will apply and your accountant or tax preparer should be able to explain this to you in more detail as it pertains to your own unique situation.
View Our Tax Returns
The IRS requires that tax-exempt organizations (nonprofits) file what they call "annual information returns". The specific form that should be filed will depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding the organization filing the return. These different returns are known collectively as the Form-990 series.
The IRS also requires that tax-exempt organizations make their annual tax returns publicly available. Although Encouragmint is no longer a tax-exempt organization you can still view our past Form 990 filings below.
View Our Annual Reports
The State of New Jersey requires that all NJ-based corporations file an annual report. The State requires that this document be completed electronically. As such we are not provided with a paper copy or electronic version of the completed report that we are able to post on this page.
This report can however be obtained for a small printing fee from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services by clicking here. Please be aware that these annual reports contain limited and primarily demographic information such as the address of the business and registered agent as well as the names of the officers or directors, and not specific information about our programs and services, or any detailed financial information.
The above forms are in PDF format and require free software, such as Adobe Reader, to view them. Click the link and follow the instructions if you do not already have this or another similar program installed on your computer or other device.