Best System to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Does A Church Have To File 508c1a Ministry
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Rather, 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 Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to register a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 offers 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.
Apart from the various types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that says 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 crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with 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 in the world.
Contact us to get started today.