Most Simple Steps to Form a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – What Are The Requirements For A Church To Be Automatically Considered A 508c1a Non-Profit
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, and 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 value of forming your Christian organization as a church, a few examples of IRS approved churches, and also the ideal method to start a church.
Why is it that you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to any other nonprofit is better rights, and fewer constraints.
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 have to give 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 do not.
In case you were 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, 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 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.
Apart from 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 corporation or a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The best way to form your church would be a 508c1a because it does not wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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.