IRS Tax guide for Churches

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  1. Rufus_1611

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    IRS Tax Guide for Churches

    Is church compliance with tax rules voluntary?

    Is abortion considered to be "fundamental public policy" since the state has deemed it to be legal? How about gay marriage? Is the IRS saying that a church which is 501c3 is at risk of losing their exemption if they speak against "fundamental public policy"?

    Since the document doesn't seem to contain a definition, I contacted the IRS to have them define "fundamental public policy" and after being put on hold for 30 minutes, I had a sweet lady say that she'd have an agent call me back within 15 days, as she couldn't find a definition for the expression. Thus, I would be delighted to hear from anyone that can define this term and how it impacts a 501c3 organization.
     
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    I didn't get any takers to the original post so here is a recent example of how this issue seems to be affecting the freedom of speech of pastors. While, this is not so much the "fundamental public policy" issue as the prevention of political speech issue, it still seems to be the IRS telling pastors what they can or can not say.

     
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    The clean cut idea would be for a church to not worry about being tax-exempt and then the church can legally engage in political activity without any concern about the tax law.

    Taking a stand does not always come without a cost.
     

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