Legal Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Destiny 508 Tax Filing
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 would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less constraints.
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 must give 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’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 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 accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling 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.
Apart from the different types of churches, there are different 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. Just 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 get started today.