Legal System to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – Should My Church File For 508c1a Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and then sets it under a basket. Instead, 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, some examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal way to form a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not have to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of these statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.
In case you were 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 principal income comes from thrift sales and donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
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 counseling 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.
Besides the various types of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is no 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 even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to start your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and have speech limitations, 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.