Simplest Way to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Does A Church Have To File A 508c1a Non-Profit If They Are A Texas Church
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 home.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may 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 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 accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling on parenting, marriage 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 various types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s 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 cannot do.
The best way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.