Simplest System to File As a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Should A Church File For 508c1a Corporation
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then puts it under a basket. Instead, 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 the ideal way to register 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 fewer 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 must provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special audit protections, where each of other nonprofits don’t.
In case you’re wondering if your organization can qualify, here is 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 places.
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 were 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 subjects through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Besides the different kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is not any statute anywhere that says 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 can’t do.
The best way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 begin today.