Administrative Assistance has received it’s IRS 501(c)(3) “Determination Letter,” effective October 29, 2010.
As a California non-profit Corporation, “AA” is now officially “Tax Exempt!” So what does this mean? We have simply fulfilled the IRS filing requirement of a para-church ministry. You see, the church is automatically “501(c)(3),” [For our On-line Article on this SEE - What is 501(c)(3)? but the “para-church ministry” is NOT automatically exempt. The para church ministry is required to file within 27 months to be recognized, to be “Determined” it is exempt of Federal income tax . After expending nearly $1500.00 for this piece of paper - we are now officially [IRS-wise] “Compliant.”
From 1988 through 2010, Administrative Assistance ministered as a legally “covered” [501(c)(3)] ministry out of our local church. Now – after a 23 year history as a “dba” of our local church, “AA” is a “Para-Church” ministry, recognized by the IRS.
Believe me when I say, doing business as a dba is a whole lot simpler – but as someone said, “It is what it is.” If you want to learn how to easily set up a ministry under the umbrella under the covering of the church as a dba, SEE our Manual – SAMPLES T-M [How to structure for a Covered Ministry.]
I have always believed, and preached against the concept of the para-church ministry saying, “It’s far more biblical for a ministry to be under the covering of [and being accountable to] a local church, and not be a ‘Lone Ranger ministry,’ with no accountability.” But – after the reorganization of our local church, we needed to reconsider the unthinkable. After much consideration and prayer, we filed incorporation papers with the state of California in October of 2011, as a non-profit corporation, and become a separate legal entity.
However – as a founder of this ministry from 1988, and in keeping with our desire, and purpose to always be in a relationship of accountability, I have asked three pastors in our area to be named in our corporate records as those to whom I [the president and principle party] am accountable. I have covenanted to keep them informed as to all our activities, both financial and ministerial. This means I will give them copies of our annual IRS-990 Form; Minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors; and the financial records. The three member Board of Directors of Administrative Assistance is weighted in favor of the two Board Members not related to myself, by either blood or marriage.
The “Goal,” purpose and intent of Administrative Assistance remains the same: It has always been the intent to serve pastors and church leaders with the best counsel and advise available, without demand of a monetary reward. Honorariums are always accepted, and are certainly most appreciated. It is always my joy [My 'passion'] in being able to help a ministry in its formation stage, as well as the established ministry, having been on-going for many years.
Don L. Buckel – President
If this discourse interests you, or if you have interest in forming your own non-profit corporation, please take a look at the list of our “Do-it-yourself” materials on our Web-Site
NOTE – All our materials carry a money back guarantee. If you don’t find our materials to far exceed your expectations, just return them for your funds to be reimbursed. Also – you may call for further information at any time. Why? It is our ‘passion’ to see you succeed in your calling.
If you would like more information about similar issues, please consider purchasing “The Church Administration ‘How To’ Manual.” This Manual, endorsed by three CPA’s, an EA and two attorneys was updated again in January 2011, for the 12th time, since its original publication in 1991.
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