Atheists ask IRS to go after churches....

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  1. righteousdude2

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    .... for what they are preaching from the pulpit.

    Just heard on FOX ... can't download link. If someone can thank you...
     
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    somehow, somewhere, God likely has a couple of brilliant Christian lawyers (maybe even non-believers of any deity) stashed somewhere who will bring their whips to bear on groups like these, and their government cohorts.
    Like take them to court, and sue the skins off them, for curtailing certain inalienable rights, or suppressing whatever is traditionally held legal and civic.
     
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    They are asking the law to be enforced. If one objects to the law, lobby to get it changed. Or the churches in question may simply pay taxes as the price of admission.
     
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    There is no law that will allow the IRS to strip churches of their tax exempt status. Whether registered as a 501(c)(3) or not, that is impossible. Their tax exempt status does not depend on the tax code or proper filings under its guidelines. See Recognition of Tax Exempt Status in IRS Publication 1828 at this link.
     
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    This is inacurrate. It does depend on the tax code. What it does not depend on is a 5013c letter. Whether a church has a 501c3 letter or not the churches tax exemption will remain in place.

    What the church can lose is its 5013c letter. Should that occure then the church will lose its corporate protections.
     
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    Actually, churches that meet the IRS definition of "church" are automatically tax exempt. Had you followed the link in that last post, and searched the document, you would have found this on page 3:
    All the 501(c)(3) letter does is allow the church to issue tax receipts for donations. The church itself is tax exempt whether it has filed as a 501(c)(3) or not. That section is preceded by guidelines that include a statement that would appear to imply churches cannot engage in political activities, as that falls outside the description of an entity that is an " ... organization [that] must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes," but that has failed to stand up as a limitation on church activities that brush up against public policy and politics.

    For more on the issue, I'd suggest this essay-blog by Dr. Jeffrey Rodman, a Church Need to Apply to be a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit to Apply for Grants Don't let the title fool you. The first paragraph makes it clear that application for a 501(c)(3) letter is not necessary for a church to automatically be extended tax-exempt status.
     
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    You need to go back and reread what I posted.
     
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    Read it. It does not lose it's "corporate protections." It loses the ability to give tax receipts. That's all it loses.
     
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    Actually it can lose its entire 501c3 letter altogether. That would mean corporate protections but that was not what you objected too the first time.
     

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