Simplest Steps to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Are Contributions To A Church That Does Not Have 508c1a Religious Trust Status Tax Deductible
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 house.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply 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 particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can qualify, here is 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant 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 provides guidance and counseling on marriage,
parenting and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that states a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or even 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 since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. Just as a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everyone on earth.
Contact us to begin today.