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What makes an organization recognized as a religion in the United States?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:11 PM on Sep. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • thats a good question lol im gonna go look it up :)

    Answer by necro1134 at 9:19 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • Time to Google!! ;o)

    Answer by Morgain at 11:54 PM on Sep. 30, 2009

  • I assume you are talking about things on the outer bounds of society not necessarily traditional religions such as Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Jain, Sikh, and so on. There is no like set rules of what makes a religion however, to make them recognized by the IRS it takes the following.


    Answer by OneToughMami at 2:42 AM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • However the IRS does have a list of criteria that they use to determine whether or not an organization should be granted tax free status. Those criteria are:
    1. a distinct legal existence,
    2. a recognized creed and form of worship,
    3. a definite and distinct ecclesiastical government,
    4. a formal code of doctrine and discipline
    5. a distinct religious history,
    6. a membership not associated with any other church or denomination,
    7. an organization of ordained ministers,
    8. ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies,
    9. a literature of its own,
    10. established places of worship,
    11. regular congregations,
    12. regular religious services,
    13. schools for religious instruction of the young,
    14. school for the preparation of its ministers

    Answer by OneToughMami at 2:42 AM on Oct. 1, 2009

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