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July 20, 2006

The Gestapo is Coming ...

Topics: National News

To a church near you:

The Internal Revenue Service of the US has issued a warning to churches that it will not wait until tax return time to go after churches that the agency judges to be indulging in political campaigning.

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The Associated Press reports that more than 15,000 tax-exempt organizations received the notices. The agency's new enforcement program, called the Political Activity Compliance Initiative, will rely upon complaints and will expedite investigations into claims of improper campaigning.

"While the vast majority of charities and churches do not engage in politicking, an increasing number did take part in prohibited activities in the 2004 election cycle," IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said in a statement. "The rule against political campaign intervention by charities and churches is long established. We are stepping up our efforts to enforce it."
Given the guilty until proven innocent modus operandi of the IRS this is great reason for concern.

Posted by tim at July 20, 2006 5:20 PM



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