Best Process to Build a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Church – What Is Required In Church By Laws For 508c1a FBO Compliance
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 home.
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 the ideal method to start a church.
Why is it that you need church status for your ministry?
The worth of your church compared to any other nonprofit is greater rights, and less restrictions.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t need to provide records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to provide testimony under oath, of such statements like the rest of the nonprofits do.
Third, churches have special 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 contributions.
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 accepted for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and subsequently changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that offers advice and counselling on parenting, marriage 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 different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There’s 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 crucial to what it can and cannot do.
The ideal way to register your church is a 508c1a because it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech restrictions, 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 everybody in the world.
Contact us to get started today.