Legal Method to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Is The Church Of God Of Prophecy Affiliated With 508c1a Non Profit Organizations
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 house.
I would like to share with you briefly the value of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best way to register a church.
Why do you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
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 provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest 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 subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling on marriage,
parenting 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 different types 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 corporation or even 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 doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, compared to 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to begin today.