Best Way to Register a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – The ShifNonprofit Ministry
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I want to share with you briefly the value of forming your religious organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal method to register a church.
Why do you need church status for your own ministry?
The worth of your church compared to some other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer restrictions.
First, churches don’t file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply 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 were wondering if your organization can qualify, here’s 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 donations.
Young Life, a non-denominational church which focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, one of 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 then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice 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.
Apart from the various kinds of churches, there are different ways to organize a church.
There’s no statute anywhere that states a church is required to 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 vital to what it can and cannot do.
The best way to register your church would be a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, compared to all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a registration and formation. Just as a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everyone on earth.
Contact us to get started today.