Easiest Way to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – The Church Does Not Need A 508c1a Business
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets 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 value of forming your religious organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the best method to start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The value of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches do not need 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 do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may 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 which focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
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 offers guidance 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 various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There is 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 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 is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 get started today.