A 501(c)(3) is a tax-exempt organization recognized by the IRS. 508(c)(1)(a) says churches are presumed to be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt automatically.


All churches are treated like 501(c)(3)s; there is no special tax status for a 508(c)(1)(a). Some companies have exaggerated the importance of 508(c)(1)(a), or suggested it gives a church additional freedom. But whether you file for recognition or not, the IRS says your church’s income tax exemption depends on following 501(c)(3). Contact us for documents that comply with the rules in a way that protects your faith!

A 501(c)(3) is a tax-exempt status, while a nonprofit corporation is a state legal entity.

 The state’s forms many not include the IRS-required language for a 501(c)(3)! Don’t forget that the state and the IRS have different interests, and different requirements. Contact us for customized help that considers the IRS and state requirements.

The IRS has announced that it intends to restructure group letters, and is refusing to accept requests for new group letters as of 2020. The proposed changes may significantly change the requirements, and require greater *control* of the local church by the denomination.

We’d recommend that you file for your own exemption letter, as early as possible, while the financials and operations are simple. Doing it later may be more expensive!

Our documents include IRS suggested language, so that no matter what you decide, you’ll be compliant. If you decide to file for recognition in the future, you’ll be ready. Contact us today!


These documents define your church’s beliefs, governance structure, and operational guidelines.

They provide clarity, help in dispute resolution, and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.

Contact us so that your governing documents reflect and protect your religious convictions.

While not legally mandatory, a lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in navigating legal complexities.

Professional advice ensures you’re set up correctly from the start.

Contact us for personalized guidance and support

Merging involves legal, financial, and organizational considerations.


Our team can guide you through each step, ensuring a smooth transition. Contact us to talk about starting this process.

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Our experienced team specializes in church law, from start-ups to mergers.


We offer guidance on legal structure, governance documents, and more. Contact us for personalized guidance and support.