Skip to main content
my account
site map
contact
cart
HomeChurchPhotosHow it Works..Crystal PyramidTransmission ClassStargatesSouth TexasReadingsContact

Churches Need Not Apply

In order to be considered for tax-exempt status by the IRS an organization must fill out and submit IRS Form 1023 and 1024. However, note what the IRS says regarding churches and church ministries, in Publication 557:

Some organizations are not required to file Form 1023. These include:

Churches, interchurch organizations of local units of a church, conventions or associations of churches, or integrated auxiliaries of a church, such as a men’s or women’s organization, religious school, mission society, or youth group. These organizations are exempt automatically if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3).

Churches Are “Automatically Tax-Exempt”

According to IRS Code § 508(c)(1)(A):

Special rules with respect to section 501(c)(3) organizations.

(a) New organizations must notify secretary that they are applying for recognition of section 501(c)(3) status.

(c) Exceptions.

(1) Mandatory exceptions. Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to—

(A) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches.

This is referred to as the "mandatory exception" rule. Thus, we see from the IRS’ own publications, and the tax code, that it is completely unnecessary for any church to apply for tax-exempt status. In the IRS’ own words a church “is automatically tax-exempt.”

Churches Are “Automatically Tax-Deductible”

And what about tax-deductibility? Doesn’t a church still need to become a 501c3 so that contributions to it can be taken as a tax deduction? The answer is no! According to IRS Publication 526:

Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions

You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. To become a qualified organization, most organizations other than churches and governments, as described below, must apply to the IRS.

In the IRS’ own words a church “is automatically tax-deductible.”

Churches Have a Mandatory Exception To Filing Tax Returns

Not only is it completely unnecessary for any church to seek 501c3 status, to do so becomes a grant of jurisdiction to the IRS by any church that obtains that State favor. In the words of Steve Nestor, IRS Sr. Revenue Officer (ret.):

"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control."

Great news!

Hello The Church of the Divine Spirit,

We’ve reviewed your documents and confirmed the charity status of your business account.

As a confirmed charity, you automatically get the reduced rate of 2.2% + $0.30 USD on online transactions. There’s nothing else you need to do to secure that rate.

Raise more funds as a confirmed PayPal charity

Now that you’re confirmed, you can enroll with PayPal Giving Fund, connecting you to 100+ million potential donors through programs with PayPal, eBay, Humble Bundle, and other PayPal Giving Fund partners. PayPal Giving Fund charges no fees, so it’s a win-win for your cause!

If you joined PayPal Giving Fund before July 28, 2015, maintain your “enrolled” status by following the instructions recently emailed to the contact on file with PayPal Giving Fund. If you don’t have the email, contact them for details on how to proceed. If you haven’t already enrolled, join as a new member of the PayPal Giving Fund now!  

Enroll with PayPal Giving Fund for the first time

For more information about PayPal Giving Fund, click here

Sincerely,

PayPal

Donation 

Your monetary gift gives us the ability to launch deeply impacting campaigns that support a World of Light, Love and Compassion.

 
 
Site Mailing List 

Click on the Button Above
and send this Website to a Friend