Legal Way to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Church Application For 508c1a Charity
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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not 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 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 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counseling on marriage,
parenting and other topics 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’s no 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 even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to start your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to begin today.