• Petitioned Douglas H Shulman

This petition was delivered to:

Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Douglas H Shulman
President of the United States
Barack Obama

Investigate the tax-exempt status of the Mormon Church.

    1. Timothy Unrine
    2. Petition by

      Timothy Unrine

      DeLand, FL

We respectfully petition the President of the United States to direct the Internal Revenue Service to change The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tax-exempt status from 501c(3) to 501c(4) to properly categorize the church's activity against same-sex legislation.

 

The First Amendment includes, through court application, the separation of Church and State. However, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) using it's members contribution, material, buildings, and personnel, to push for anti-gay legislation across the country, we believe they have exceeded the amount of money acceptable as "substantial part" to be used for lobbying; since the LDS finances are off-limits for review, and the gov't has to take it words on spending.

501c(3) gives Mormon members the benefit of contributing money to their church, which is used in part to propagate a religious hatred of Mormons towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transexual (LGBT) community. Mormon benefit from the 501c(3) by having their donations become tax-deductible on their Federal Income Tax Reports.

501c(4) is the more appropriate category for what is clearly a large lobbying organization, who members are contacted via church membership rosters, to sign petition, run signature campaigns, pay for TV advertisements, and other lobbying tools. The LDS church would still be tax-exempt from paying taxes to the United States government; however, it would not be able to have it's members used their donations to reduce their income tax liability.

Most lobbying organizations ar 501c(4). And since the LDS Church is not forthcoming to an audit of its funds received, and funds spent, then a 501c(4) would be most appropriate to prevent other churches from becoming tax-exempt lobbying organization.

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    • Kristian Brandreth LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      The LDS/mormonism is a cult and using there tax exempt status to raise money and fund non-tax exempt activities against human rights, womens rights, civil liberties, sexual orentation and transgender issues. They themselfs engage in illegal discrimination against women and minorities all in the name of there so called "god".

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    • Timothy Unrine DELAND, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      We need people to pass on the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/unequivocally-denounce-the-racist-teachings-of-the-mormon-church

      It is going to be a tough battle, but the first step is to file with the IRS, which will more than likely deny it, then progress up to challenging the ruling, and the reasons given. So pass this along to your email contacts, add the link to your web postings in forums.

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