Legal Process to Set Up a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How Does Church Obtain 508c1a Non-Profit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to form a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re 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 places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among 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 marriage,
parenting 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 different kinds of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is no 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 can’t do.
The ideal way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and have speech limitations, 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 everybody on earth.
Contact us to begin today.