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DiabloViejo
06-03-2012, 08:33 PM
IRS Warns Churches About Political Activities, Tax-Exempt Status
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WASHINGTON (June 1, 2012)--IRS regional manager Peter Lorenzetti told pastors attending the Faith Leaders Summit meeting in Washington that <u>activities that could result in loss of tax-exempt status include endorsing or opposing candidates, campaigning for them or making contributions to their campaigns.</u>

But pastors are free to do any of those things as private citizens, U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said.

"You simply cannot do it in your capacity as the pastor of the church and give the implication that the church is endorsing the candidate, Butterfield, a former judge, said.

Lorenzetti said churches can distribute voter guides that educate about political issues without favoring a particular candidate.

eg8r
06-04-2012, 08:07 AM
I have nothing against enforing the law.

eg8r

Soflasnapper
06-04-2012, 09:41 AM
Lorenzetti said churches can distribute voter guides that educate about political issues without favoring a particular candidate.

They could, and can, but often do not (by lying about the issues). Slanting the accounting of what various votes mean is the bread and butter of the kind of biased voter guides Jerry Falwell and others published. So even that activity is subject to abuse that violates their tax-exempt status.

Gayle in MD
06-04-2012, 09:59 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lorenzetti said churches can distribute voter guides that educate about political issues without favoring a particular candidate.

They could, and can, but often do not (by lying about the issues). Slanting the accounting of what various votes mean is the bread and butter of the kind of biased voter guides Jerry Falwell and others published. So even that activity is subject to abuse that violates their tax-exempt status. </div></div>


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lorenzetti said churches can distribute voter guides that educate about political issues without favoring a particular candidate. </div></div>

IMO, this should not be allowed.

It is clearly a political action, annd if they are going to get involved in any political directing, of any sort, they should give up their tax exemption.

Their congregations already know what their various religious leaders think about everything!

No voter guides of any kind should be allowed if they are claiming a tax exemption. IMO, that is, in and of itself, a violation of the Separation of church and state.

G.