Why Church Cannot Be 508c1a Charity

Most Simple Way to Launch a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Ministry – Why Church Cannot Be 508c1a Charity

Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then sets it under a basket. Rather, 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 way to register a church.

Why do you want church status for your own ministry?

The worth of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is greater rights, and less constraints.

First, churches do not file income tax returns. All other nonprofits do.

Second, churches don’t need to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they must provide testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.

Third, churches have special audit protections, where all other nonprofits don’t.

In case you were wondering if your organization may qualify, here is some 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 that focuses on youth and meet at recreation places.

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 were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.

Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counseling on marriage,
parenting and other subjects 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 not any statute anywhere that says a church is required to be a 501c3.

A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or even a 508c1a.

How your church is organized is crucial to what it can and can’t do.

The best way to register your church is a 508c1a since it does not 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 begin today.