Does A Church File A 941

Easiest Way to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Does A Church File A 941

Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts 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 way to register a church.

Why do you need church status for your own ministry?

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

First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.

Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of such statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.

Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.

In case you’re wondering if your organization may 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.

The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.

Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counseling 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.

Apart from the various types of churches, there are various 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 company or even a 508c1a.

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

The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, compared to 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 everybody in the world.

Contact us to get started today.