Legal Process to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – 508c1a Business Vs 508c1a
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I would like to share with you briefly the worth of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s some examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their principal income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the largest evangelism ministries in America accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling on parenting, marriage and other topics through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is not any statute anywhere that states a church is required to be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. As a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everybody on earth.
Contact us to begin today.