Legal Way to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Can A Church File Bankruptcy
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 want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can 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 primary income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 provides advice and counselling on parenting, marriage 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 various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to start your church is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 on earth.
Contact us to get started today.