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Subject: question about nonprofits
I have started to learn of the 501c3. I am still unsure if the congregation I go to is or not. I asked the pastor and he said this: ____________________________ is what is called a domestic nonprofit corporation. A 501c3 is required to file a 990 tax return to the irs each year. A domestic nonprofit organization is not. When setting up a nonprofit, if you are a church, it is preferable to go the domestic nonprofit organization route.
So, my question is this: what is a domestic nonprofit corporation? Is it the same as the 501c3?
Please help me understand this. It seems the same to me but I am not versed at law.
Thank you so much for your time,
Blessing of Yeshua to you
September 26, 2018 Answer:
Please feel free to call me about any questions you have.
I suggest the following resource for getting your feet on the ground about the Bible doctrine of the church:
The above webpage is being developed, but the resources already there should be helpful.
To understand church non-profit corporation and 501c3 status, I suggest the following short book:
The following links to a fairly short article on church non-profit corporation status:
The following are links to 2 articles on 501c3 status:
Federal government control of churches through IRS Code Sections 501(c)(3) and 508 tax exemption
The incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme
I doubt that your pastor understands these matters. Most do not and do not wish to learn the truth. Hopefully, I am wrong about your pastor. Most pastors rely on tradition and their religious system for their guidelines. They have also been deceived by “Christian” lawyers who make a lot of money by getting churches into the legal system, helping them write their constitutions and by-laws, educating them about what they can and cannot do as non-profit corporations and 501c3 religious organizations, handling legal matters for the churches they deceive once they are in the legal system, etc.
In America, no law requires a church to get into the legal system by becoming a non-profit corporation, a 501c3 or 508 tax exempt organization, an unincorporated association or some other type of legal entity. The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions not only make clear that a church can remain under Jesus Christ only, but also protect churches who choose to do so. Churches who choose to incorporate and get 501c3 status betray our Lord and are not, according to the Bible, churches nunder and of Christ. See The Bible Answer to the Question, “Is an Incorporated 501(c)(3) or 508 Church a Church of Christ?” at https://opbcbibletrust.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/091318_iscorp501c3churchachurchofchrist7.pdf.
Another book you may be interested in is: PDF of Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses
I hope these resources help.
Please feel free to call me at any time.
JERALD C. FINNEY
BAB, HB, BBA, JD
801 Elgin St.
Amarillo, TX 79118
Phone : (512) 785-8445