Legal Way to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – How Do You Find Out If Your Church Is A 508c1a Charity
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 value of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to form a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to supply 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 special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
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 principal 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 were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides 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.
Apart from the various 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to start your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.