Best Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – If A Church Is Not An Incorporated Do They Still Fill Out A 508c1a Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I would like 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 start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is greater 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 must provide testimony under oath, of such statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you were 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 primary 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, among the largest evangelism ministries in America accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers guidance and counseling 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.
Apart from the various types 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 company or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. 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.