Thursday, Nov 26th

Last update07:41:34 AM GMT

You are here News Politics IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

E-mail Print PDF

Politics and religionFor the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.

The IRS monitors religious and other nonprofits on everything from salaries to spending, and that oversight continues. However, Russell Renwicks, a manager in the IRS Mid-Atlantic region, recently said the agency had suspended audits of churches suspected of breaching federal restrictions on political activity. A 2009 federal court ruling required the IRS to clarify which high-ranking official could authorize audits over the tax code's political rules. The IRS has yet to do so.

Dean Patterson, an IRS spokesman in Washington, said Renwicks, who examines large tax-exempt groups, "misspoke." Patterson would not provide any specifics beyond saying that "the IRS continues to run a balanced program that follows up on potential noncompliance."

However, attorneys who specialize in tax law for religious groups, as well as advocacy groups who monitor the cases, say they know of no IRS inquiries in the past three years into claims of partisanship by houses of worship. IRS church audits are confidential, but usually become public as the targeted religious groups fight to maintain their nonprofit status.


Most Recent Related Stories...

New York Times slams Trump's mocking of reporter as 'outrageous'

Donalt TrumpDonald Trump has added a new item to his growing list of presidential campaign firsts: mocking...

N.H. panel throws out challenge to Trump being on state GOP ballot

Trump NH status upheldThe New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission on Tuesday quickly and unanimously threw out a challenge to...

Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights To Nonviolent Former Felons

Beshear- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday that would automatically restore...

74% Of Donald Trump's Statements Checked By Politifact Are False

Trump liesFact checkers exist to determine if people are telling the truth. It stands to reason that...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!