Legal Way to File For a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Can You Deduct Contributions To A Church That Is Not 508c1a Non-Profit
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 Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to register a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater 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 have to give testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest 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 then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling 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.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is not any 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 crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to form your church would be a 508c1a since 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 get started today.