Legal Process to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Is Latitude A 508c1a Corporation Church?
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 home.
I want to share with you briefly the worth of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the best way to register a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of these statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling on parenting, marriage and other subjects 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 various ways to organize a church.
There is 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 cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. 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.