Legal Way to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How Can You Find Out If A Church Is A 508c1a
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 worth of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to register a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here is a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of the largest 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling on marriage,
parenting and other topics 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 no 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 corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. Just 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.