Easiest Method to Create a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Is It Illegal For A 508c1a Foundation Church To Deny Membership Financial Records
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then puts it under a basket. Rather, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best method to register a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t 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 special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
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, 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 had been audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides 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.
Besides the different types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any statute anywhere that says a church is required to 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 register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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 everyone on earth.
Contact us to get started today.