Tax Status and Exemptions

Churches and religious organizations have certain benefits and responsibilities under the federal tax system.  There are many issues that affect churches and religious organizations and this page addresses some of the more common issues they face daily.

The IRS recognizes the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a 501(c)(3) organization, which means that it is exempt from federal income tax.

For general information on taxes for religious organizations from the IRS:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a procedure by which a parent organization (in this case the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) can establish for its subordinate organizations (such as congregations, social ministry organizations, campus ministries, schools, etc) group ruling tax exempt status for federal income tax purposes. To learn more on how to be part of the ELCA’s group ruling or if you are already part of the group ruling and need documentation, click here.

Additional resources on tax matters:

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