still crazy wrote:Well I gone and done it now.
Having your own business gives you certain overhead issues like needing to keep a lawyer on retainer.
Since this year in the construction industry has been sooooo slow while sitting with the accountant I realized my lawyer had not billed up to his retainer value.
So what thought I, can I do with my lawyers "extra" money? You know how those lawyers would hate to make money for doing nothing.
While mulling this over with the family one of my sons suddenly looked up and said, "Why don't you form a church Reverend".
I got ordained a few year back to perform as clergy for a couple I had introduced and they had asked me to marry them.
This got the whole family laughing, but the wheels were turning now.
Well from the mouths of babes a spark was ignited. My wife got that "oh shit" look on her face.
Visions of tax benefits were now running rampart in my feeble cranium.
So online I went to do a little research. This was followed up with a call to the lawyer.
His stunned reaction was comical until he figured out I was seriously considering this.
So off to the lawyers I went to file IRS form 501(c)3. < tax exempt status
After a few minutes at the lawyers, who also happens to be a friend, he suggested that I write my church guidelines, rules & beliefs.
Then he made the comment that I thought he was losing it on " Make sure you put on your list that your beliefs include distillation of alcohol".
I laughed and he looked at me sober as a judge and said " congress shall make no law abridging religion or religious beliefs".
"So, says I trying to grasp what hes just said, if I put down that we believe its a religious rite to distill there's nothing the law can do about it".
Well to make a long story short I am finishing up my paperwork for the IRS and my building printed material proving we are a church our rites and beliefs.
Since my son lit the spark I allowed him to name it.
We shall be known as "The Celebration Ministry of the Miracle at Cana". Seems fitting doesn't it.
I may even be looking to ordain a few ministers of the faith to follow in our path and form branch ministry.
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