Pastor Eddie Starr

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    Spokane, WA

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    I'm looking for others who are familiar with the fact that churches do NOT need to be 501c3 to not be subject to the IRS, and to have people make tax-deductible write-offs.

    Also, looking for individuals who Veterans, and/or do contracting with the government.

    People who want to network, and maybe have an occassional chat about growing our respective groups, projects, and helping each other out.
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    Christian, Other; Spiritual

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    Multimedia contractor
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  1. Welcome to our forum. We are glad you joined us! We hope you find direction, meaning and purpose while going through the many topics and posts. We also look forward to your involvement and expressing your Spiritual views. Blessings of Peace,

  2. Mods, please move this, if needed. Looking through the various topics, I went into the Legal, and the part on 501c3. While what is there is posted as true, for it's part, it's not the entire story, as my understanding from various other sources state: Annual Exempt Organization Information Returns Every organization exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(a) must file an annual information return except: A church, an interchurch organization of local units of a church, a convention or association of churches, An integrated auxiliary of a church, A church-affiliated organization that is exclusively engaged in managing funds or maintaining retirement programs, A school below college level affiliated with a church or operated by a religious order, even though it is not an integrated auxiliary of a church, Certain church-affiliated mission societies that conduct activities in foreign countries, or activities directed at persons in foreign countries, An exclusively religious activity of any religious order. . . . As such, a church is already exempt, and does not need to be a 501c3... One of many articles on the web. Source 1 One of the churches I associate work has been doing this for a few years, and have directly spoken with the IRS on the matter, and the rep confirmed it. The church needs to be a seperate entity, which means its own EIN, and bank account. With the above in mind, would it be possible to donate my car to my start-up ministry? Or how would I be able to "register my car under the church?" I know people can register a car for their business, so it would stand to reason it can be done for a church. If, at some point, I want to sell the church car, is there anything special I would need to do? Forms? On a different scenerio, can I sell a car, donating the money to the church, to provide a little "start up fund" for the ministry?
  3. Like some, mine started from a bit of directionlessness, and tragedy. A few years ago, I was driving in the Washington mountains, just shy of 50 miles of the Canadian border. I was working on a ranch, in the lumber yard. I'd had a bad day, working on a Saturday [that could have been a prob, in and of itself, having recently been with 7th Day groups]. I was mad with the OT I'd to do, and wanted to get to the next small town, 69 miles to the southeast. Anger, while driving in the mountains, when years past, I'd never really been in the mountains, was a very bad thing. I hit the gurad rail, smashed posts, and really screwed up my car...and to this day, I think it's rather bull that I was given a ticket, on top of wrecking my car. Others, who had their car wrecked, and not hurt anyone, have already agreed. But that's something for another topic... It was during that time, that I had considered going into the Air Reserve/Guard, either to be a Chaplin Assitant, or a Chaplin. There were no openings for CA's, I had already used my GI Bill [30 and 33], and ROTC wouldn't do anything with Theology for becoming a Chaplin. I also felt it was--IDK, discrimintaory[?]--to require a chaplin to actually have a ULC shows, it isn't needed, and I feel that for those who have shown to be a good minister, that requirement should be waived, but that's not here or there. So, having had struggles for a few years, last year, I had come across ULC, and got ordained. Having leanred that a church does not need to be 501c3 to be tax exmpt, or to receive donations, I have begun, in part, a journey to establish my own Ministry. The core c­an be summ­ed up in M­atthew 25,­ about the­ sheep and­ goats, “W­hat you do­ unto the ­least…you ­do unto Me­.” I pray ­that we wi­ll all be ­sheep, who­ can open ­their hear­ts, and he­lp those t­hat need! I have always been one to help others: help people work through issues, to not commit suicide; help with finances, so people can keep their home; help for when friends did become homeless; general help at a library and a VA feels like something I should be doing, at least on a part-time basis.
  4. BTW, *I* will NEVER get a 501c3. It's not required, for a church to be tax exempt, nor is it required for a church to receive deductions for tax writie-offs. Just one source:

  5. Coming over from Hoping this will be more active, and I can get better, and more relevant answers, here.