Best Process to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Is The Church A 508c1a Religious Trust Organization?
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 would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to form 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 better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements like all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can qualify, here is some 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 contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the most significant 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides guidance 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 types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s not any 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 a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and have speech limitations, when compared with 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 in the world.
Contact us to get started today.