While churches may be automatically recognized as tax-exempt, there are several reasons why many churches apply for tax-exemption.
Applying for tax-exempt status may also desirable for churches that are not affiliated with a larger denomination. In some states, churches that have obtained 501(c)(3) status are automatically exempt from state taxes as well.
Note that as a 501(c)(3) tax-exemt entity, churches are mandated to comply with various 501(c)(3) requirements, as well.
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