Legal Way to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How To File For A 508c1a Business For A Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Rather, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of such statements like 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 may 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 places.
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 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’s no statute anywhere that states 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 vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also 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 everybody on earth.
Contact us to get started today.