Most Simple Way to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Can A Church Apply For 508c1a Religious Trust Recognition At Any Time During Its Existence?
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared 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 have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization can 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 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 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 guidance and counseling on parenting, marriage 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 types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s no 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 vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, 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 in the world.
Contact us to get started today.