How To Find Out If Your Church Is A 508c1a Corporation

Best System to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – How To Find Out If Your Church Is A 508c1a Corporation

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 worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to start a church.

Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?

The value of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and fewer 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 special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.

In case you’re wondering if your organization may 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 principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.

Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.

The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest 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 offers advice and counselling on parenting, marriage and other topics through radio, books and social media.

The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Besides the various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no statute anywhere that states a church is required to be a 501c3.

A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit company or even a 508c1a.

How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.

The ideal way to form your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, compared to 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 begin today.