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AU urges IRS to step up investigations of “pulpit politics”

December 4, 2013

There has been little enforcement of the standard IRS rules against partisan political activity by 501(c)3 organizations, including churches. The rules that help maintain this requirement become meaningless if they are not enforced: Americans United sent a letter today to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel, asking him to crack down on this illegal activity.

“Houses of worship are tax exempt as 501(c)(3) organizations. Under federal law, groups holding the (c)(3) status are strictly prohibited from intervening in elections; they may not advise congregants or members to vote for or against specific candidates.”

The IRS, however, has done little to enforce the law. Part of the problem stems from a 2008 federal court ruling involving a Minnesota church that successfully challenged the IRS’s procedures for investigating churches.

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