Best Way to File For a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Should I Convert My 508c1a Non-Profit To A Church
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 house.
I would like 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 ideal way to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your own ministry?
The value of your church compared to any other nonprofit is better rights, and less 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 give testimony under oath, of these statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits do not.
In case you were wondering if your organization may 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 principal income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which 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 marriage,
parenting 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 various ways to organize a church.
There’s no statute anywhere that says a church is required to 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 best way to start your church is a 508c1a since it does not wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with 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.