Legal Method to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Can Ministers Claim Housing Allowance If Church Is Not A 508c1a Ministry
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets 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 need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s a few 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
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 guidance 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also 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 begin today.