Church Controlled Organization

For tax purposes, a “church” refers to any organization claiming to be a church or association of churches, including mosques, temples, and other houses of worship. This broad definition also includes church-controlled institutions such as charities, parochial schools and even hospitals.

Like most non-profits, churches and church-controlled organizations are exempt from federal income tax under U.S. Internal Revenue Code – Section 501(c)(3). This special designation allows churches to receive tax-deductible contributions from congregants and other donors.

To qualify for this tax-exempt status, however, your church or church-controlled organization must satisfy the following requirements:

  • It must operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, educational or religious purposes.
  • It cannot participate in political campaigns that directly influence legislation.
  • Its net income cannot directly benefit any private stakeholders or individuals.

Why Your Church-Controlled Organization Needs a Tax ID Number

Any church or church-controlled organization that meets the above requirements automatically qualifies for tax-exempt status with the IRS. However, your organization must still apply for a Tax ID. Also known as an Employer Identification Number, this ID is what both federal and state agencies use to track (and verify) your tax-exempt status annually.

Having a Tax ID number for your church also allows it to perform a host of essential functions outside of the government sphere. For example:

  • Most banks will require an Employer Identification Number before allowing your church or church-controlled organization to open an account.
  • When hiring employees for your church or organization, you’ll need a Tax ID to set up salaries, benefits and health insurance.

In addition, having a Tax ID number can help make your church seem more legitimate in the eyes of congregants, donors and employees.

How to Apply for a Church EIN Number

The application process for an Employer Identification Number is the same for all legal entities — whether you are a for-profit business or nonprofit organization. You must complete a long and complex form provided by the IRS, with even the slightest mistake often resulting in your application being rejected.

At GovDocFiling, our goal is to help you avoid these headaches so you can focus all of your time on more important activities — such as serving the community. This is why we offer an intuitive one-page EIN application. It contains all the required fields of an IRS form, but every question is written in simple English to reduce confusion and minimize errors.

Better still, it takes only a few minutes to complete this Tax ID application.

Once you’ve filled out your church EIN form:

  • Our in-house tax experts carefully review your paperwork to ensure there are no errors or missing fields that might delay the approval process.
  • We forward your paperwork to the IRS (you can easily track the status of your Tax ID application using our free online portal).
  • We guarantee “same-day” delivery for all EIN applications, with most church-controlled organization applicants receiving their Tax IDs in just a few hours. Although some filing services charge $300 or more for rush delivery, our expedited service doesn’t cost extra.

Most important, our tax experts and support teams are available — both by email and by phone.

Apply for Your Church Tax ID Number Today

If you’re ready to request a Tax ID number for your church or church-controlled organization, complete the one-page application form below.

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Apply here for a Federal Tax ID using our quick and easy online forms!

Before we get started, it is important to understand what an EIN is. An Employer Identification Number (EIN), otherwise known as a Federal Tax Identification Number or Tax ID Number, is used to identify a business entity, similar to the way you, as an individual, would be identified by your social security number. Generally businesses are required to have an EIN.

There are a multitude of reasons for wanting to obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number. While the reasons for wanting a Tax ID Number may vary, that doesn’t mean the process should be tedious or complicated. Gov Doc Filling takes the lengthy EIN application process out of the equation and replaces it with an easy to understand step-by-step process to obtaining a Federal Tax ID Number.

Reasons to apply for an EIN

You need to get an EIN/Tax ID Number if you:

  • Started a new buiness.
  • Hired or will hire employees, including household employees.
  • Opened a bank account that require an EIN for banking purposes.
  • Formed or created a trust, pension plan, corporation, partnership, LLC.
  • Need to open a business bank account or want to start a business line of credit.
  • Changed the legal character or ownership of your organization (for example, you incorporate a sole properitorship or form a partnership)
  • Represent an estate that operates a business after the owner’s death.

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Our service will process your application for an EIN/Tax ID number (SS-4 Form) with the IRS to obtain your tax ID Number and deliver it to you quickly and securely via email.

  • Or EIN form is simplified for your ease of use, accuracy, and understanding, saving you time!
  • We guarantee applications are processed and EINs are delivered to you same day, and usually within hours. If submitted past 9pm EST, the EIN will be delivered to you on the next business day. We do not charge extra for a rush delivery, while some will charge $300+ for this.
  • The IRS site is hard to navigate, times out, and is prone to errors. It also is closed nightly and on weekends, whereas our applications and our support line is available any time 24/7/365!
  • Our tax savvy customer service team are readily availble by phone or e-mail for your convenience and support if needed.
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