Remove Tax Exempt Status of ANY Church Involved in Politics NOW & Retroactively
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To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, I.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
There is supposed to be a clear separation from Church and State and the tax exempt status of churches who are involved in politics is a clear violation of their tax exempt status. They have repeatedly involved themselves in government politics by preaching politics from the pulpit. Sending letters to members of the church asking them to vote a certain way on issues. Its time to put a stop to this ever increasing issue. Its in black & white in The Tax Code and it is very clear on this particular issue. If anyone else business or individual violated the Tax Code the IRS would immediately take action and its time they do so for these churches who are committing TAX FRAUD by claiming exempt status when clearly they are "Action Groups" involving themselves in influencing legislation.
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