Best Way to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Does A Church Have To File For 508c1a Business Status
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Rather, 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 worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer 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 have to 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 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that 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 had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counseling 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.
Besides the various 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 crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 get started today.