Legal Way to Start a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Outreach – Is My Tithe Tax Deductible If My Church Doesn’t Have 508c1a Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets 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 worth of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to start a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less 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 have to give testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the 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 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, one of the most significant 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 counselling on marriage,
parenting and other subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Apart from 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 company or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church is a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and have speech restrictions, 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.