Best Way to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Church 508c1a Nonprofit Requirements
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization can qualify, here is a few 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 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 guidance and counselling 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.
Besides the different kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit company or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. As a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.