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Should churches pay tax?
Church officials often use their position to engage in electioneering,
despite an explicit ban
on charities by the IRS.
The new US tax bill functionally turns Churches into "
Internal Revenue Code
, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.
The Catholic Church in the US takes a strong position that
The Catholic Church in the US maintains a strong position
homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
The Catholic Church in the US is a vociferous advocate against
, both of which are heavily politicised issues.
The Salvation Army is known for engaging in political campaigns, including a number of
The fact that some churches might break the rules attendant upon their tax-exempt status is an argument for better enforcement of the rules, not for punishing law-abiding organisations for the wrongdoing of others by denying all churches a tax exemption.
Since the ban was put into law in 1954, the IRS has successfully revoked the tax-exempt status from only
- the Church at Pierce Creek in Binghamton, NY, for a newspaper advertisement against Bill Clinton in the run-up to the 1992 presidential election.
(Conable election) is a procedure that allows charitable organisations in the US to lawfully conduct lobbying activities as long as their financial expenditure does not exceed a specified amount.
Issue advocacy is
under IRS rules as long as the organization in question (1) does not spend a substantial amount of its time engaged in advocacy activities, and (2) the advocacy activities do not evolve into support for or opposition of a particular political candidate or party.
may make political comments
if they clearly state that the comments are their personal views and do not represent the organization’s views.