We do not want 501c3 status!
My religious group is starting a church from a member's home based strictly off of biblical principles and do not want 501c3 status.
We believe that the rules that churches have to operate under to obtain 501c3 status goes against biblical principles, therefore we would rather pay taxes on our donations.
We give a significant portion of our funds to the homeless by giving donations to a homeless shelter and pass out food and blankets to the homeless people in the streets of our city on a regular basis.
The rest of our funds are utilized to pay singers/musicians that visit and to provide food to everyone (members and visitors) during our weekly gatherings.
My question is what do we file in order to pay taxes on our donations that still allows our members to claim their donations on their taxes?
I've been doing research online and have found inconsistent answers. We are small and only have four tithe paying members/donors which total up to less than 20,000/year.