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The typical reason to form a religious charity is where the charity is actually a church. A church is not required to file a tax return, or even to prove the 501(c) requirements. Consequently, the advantage is clear: no administrative expenses whatsoever.
A religious organization that is not a church per se gains no special benefit from formation under federal tax law over an ordinary 501(c). Without the church exception, the secular tax laws prevail and place the religious organization on par with any other charity.
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