Best Way to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Does A Church Need 508c1a Religious Trust Status
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then puts 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 value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were wondering if your organization can 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 donations.
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 had been audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling on parenting, marriage and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is not any 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 corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, compared to 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.