Creativity Alliance and the Definition of Church

Creativity Alliance and the Definition of Church

How Does the IRS Define “Churches”?

The term church is found, but not specifically defined, in the Internal Revenue Code. Certain characteristics are generally attributed to churches. These attributes of a church have been developed by the IRS and by court decisions.

They include: Distinct legal existence, Recognized creed and form of worship, Definite and distinct ecclesiastical government Formal code of doctrine and discipline, Distinct religious history, Membership not associated with any other church or denomination, Organization of ordained ministers, Ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed courses of study, Literature of its own, Established places of worship, Regular congregations, Regular religious services, Sunday schools for the religious instruction of the young, Schools for the preparation of its members

The IRS generally uses a combination of these characteristics, together with other facts and circumstances, to determine whether an organization is considered a church for federal tax purposes.

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Give your opinion, based on the facts and analysis, as to whether the Creativity Alliance meets the Internal Revenue Service’s regulatory definition of “church” to make it exempt from taxation.

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