Legal Way to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Can A Church Apply For 508c1a Faith Based Organization Status Recognition At Any Time?
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 religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to start 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 less 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 like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the most significant 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling 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 different 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 company or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. 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 begin today.