Why Not 501(c)(3)?
By Michael Blue Erdmier on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:40am
According to documents published by the IRS, churches are automatically "tax exempt" and "tax deductible" and need not file for such status under 501(c)(3).
Volunteering to file under 501(c)(3) is a completely unnecessary step and actually adds many issues the church otherwise would not be subject to.
These include, but are not limited to, laying down the church's freedoms of both speech and religion.
Churches who have filed under 501(c)(3) are no longer permitted to speak
on socially relevant issues of the day which could be interpreted by the Federal
government to be political in nature.
Speaking about specific political candidates, their voting record, their stated opinions on given issues affecting the church and its members,
even making informational handouts available to church members can all potentially fall under scrutiny when a church has submitted itself to 501(c)(3) status.
Churches who do not file as 501(c)(3) corporations are often called "Free
Churches", and for good reason.
As we feel that those freedoms are necessary for a church to adequately handle all possible topics which may become relevant for discussion,
even from the "pulpit", we have chosen to go the "Free Church" route where it concerns the IRS.
All of the relevant information can be found in this document published by the IRS.
As MOSAIC Five-Fold Fellowship moves forward there is much to do in determining
what manner of organization we will officially be and how that will affect
our legal status.
What we do know is that, whatever form we end up taking, it will not be a voluntarily 501(c)(3)-submitted entity for tax purposes.
If you are seeking more information or advice, we are not tax attorneys and would direct you only to the link above, or to a licensed professional in the field.
May God greatly bless all of you!