Easiest Method to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Annual Church 508c1a Business Reporting Requirements
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Rather, 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 best method to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of such statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here is 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling 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.
Apart from the different kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is not any statute anywhere that says a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit company or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, when compared with 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 everyone in the world.
Contact us to get started today.