Easiest Way to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – 508c1a Nonprofit Church Project Recordkeeping Requirements
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 value of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less 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 give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their primary income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest evangelism ministries in America approved 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 guidance and counselling on marriage,
parenting and other topics through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different kinds 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 vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to form your church is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. Just as a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.