How can Global Methodist Churches prove their 501(c)(3) Status?

So…the official word from the IRS is this:

Churches (including integrated auxiliaries and conventions or associations of churches) that meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are automatically considered tax exempt and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of exempt status from the IRS.

IRS Website

You would think that this would be enough to prove to a vendor or a local government that your church is a legitimate 501(c)(3) charity. Often a church needs some outside authority to “vouch” for them. In older denominations, the IRS approved Group Rulings so that any church that is, for example, part of the ELCA denomination can get a letter from their denomination that recognizes the church falls under that Group Ruling.

What about for newer denominations like the Global Methodist Church? I created a form to do something similar. In applying to join the Global Methodist denomination, we verify that a church is a legitimate church. If you are on the list of approved churches, and you have a valid EIN, just complete this form:

Once you complete the form, the following Friday you will get an email with an official letter attached to help prove your church’s 501(c)(3) status.

  2 comments for “How can Global Methodist Churches prove their 501(c)(3) Status?

  1. Wesley Johnson
    October 20, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    Jeff, I don’t believe this will be enough in Minnesota for us to get a State Sales Tax ID number. The state has required as a part of the application for us to fill out a 1023 and get a letter from the Feds. I wish this letter would serve to verify our tax exempt status but the State of Minnesota seems to require more.

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