Easiest Process to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Can You Donate To A 508c1a Church And Earmarck It To Be Given To A Specific Person?
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 home.
I would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide 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 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 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 approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were 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 subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states 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 best way to register your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. Just as a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everyone in the world.
Contact us to get started today.