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« on: September 20, 2007, 05:29:00 PM »

Hello.  I am researching starting a church/ministry in the State of Virginia.  Still praying for guidance and direction, but I feel God is leading me to start a new ministry that includes outreach (for example a food ministry).  I have done a google search, but the information is vague and everyone wants to file 5013c paperwork for this.  Could anyone help me understand some of the requirements to start a church and be eligible for tax exempt status? 
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2007, 05:36:49 PM »

I'm sorry but, I never have filed for tax exempt status for my Church.  The reason being, that the government can't tell me I can't do this or that.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007, 05:43:20 PM »

The IRS has all of the information and the forms necessary.

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2007, 12:29:08 PM »

I'm sorry but, I never have filed for tax exempt status for my Church.  The reason being, that the government can't tell me I can't do this or that.

I have contacted the IRS for guidelines, but a local pastor explained that there are strict guidelines as to what you can publish and speak about - i.e. if you speak against abortion, etc - may not be able to have 501(c) 3 status.  At any rate, not sure, but prayerfully considering all options.  I do not want the gov't to tell me how to run the ministry.  My heart is to start a food ministry.   Thanks for your advice.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 10:32:23 AM »

Pray and ask God to lead you and he will point you in the right direction, he has me a lot of time's. If I can be of any help let me know and I will do what I can, I even will come to you and the church sometime and Preach. I like to help out pastors and the church to get their church going.
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