No tax exempt status for churches without waiving your constitutional rights
I do not understand why the quibble about whether or not a church applies or does not apply for a 501c3 status...The premise is that you are already tax exempt if you are a church but if you apply for the 501c3 status you then waive your constitutional rights....it is then quoted in the IRS publication that you don't need to apply for a 501c3 status but you may do so voluntarily if you choose.
Yes, indeed the above is true, however the IRS definition of a church is one that complies with all the regulations that are necessary to get the official 501c3 status.
So whats the difference? If you apply for the 501c3 status your church has to comply with the criteria set forth in which you waive your constitutional rights...if you don't apply for the 501c3 status you cannot be tax exempt unless your church complies with the same rules in which you waive your constitutional rights.
In other words, if you apply or don't apply you are no better or no worse...you have to waive your rights in either condition to get the tax exempt status.
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