Church IRS 508c1a FBO

Legal Steps to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Church IRS 508c1a FBO

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 want 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 need church status for your own ministry?

The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.

First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.

Second, churches do not need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.

Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.

In case you were 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 contributions.

Young Life, a non-denominational church that 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 offers 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 various 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 corporation or a 508c1a.

How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.

The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a because 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 everyone in the world.

Contact us to begin today.