"At the teaparties they only dunked bags into cups of water…because they didn’t want to break the law. And that just about sums up America’s revolutionary spirit."
As part of “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” on Oct. 7, religious leaders across the country will endorse political candidates — an act that flies in the face of Internal Revenue Service rules about what tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, can and cannot do.Though the regulation has been in place since 1954, in 2009, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota ruled the IRS no longer had the appropriate staff to investigate places of worship after a reorganization changed who in the agency had the authority to launch investigations.New procedures for conducting church audits have been pending since 2009, which has left the IRS virtually impotent in conducting any kind of new investigations.
what is the justification for churches not paying taxes, again?
Roger,so, is the thinking that churches that pay more taxes due to higher revenue will have more political clout?TFFAYS,i think it's a couple hundred years longer than that. at least here in the states.
Sorry, but there's only one church that matters this election cycle, and it's located in Utah.The funny thing is, American liberals don't want to talk about it, presumably out of fear of offending people with money. And they don't come much richer than the Church of Latter Day Saints, it must be said.
Funny fact: that does not mean what everyone thinks it means. Jesus, in the full context of the time (an oppressed colonial backwater with an awful lot of frothing anti-Roman religious radicals in the countryside), meant that Caesar was owed nothing because he owned nothing that was in Palestine.