Can A Church Without 508c1a Religious Trust Status Apply For A Sales Tax Exemption?

Legal System to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Can A Church Without 508c1a Religious Trust Status Apply For A Sales Tax Exemption?

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 house.

I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to start a church.

Why do you need church status for your ministry?

The value of your church compared 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 need to provide 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 special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.

In case you’re 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, one of the most significant 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 subsequently 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 different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that says a church is required to 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 cannot do.

The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t 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 everybody on earth.

Contact us to begin today.