Read the infamous IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Rules that allegedly apply to the Catholic Church

Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

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.

Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to as charitable organizations. Organizations described in section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Code section 170.

The organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, and no part of a section 501(c)(3) organization’s net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. If the organization engages in an excess benefit transaction with a person having substantial influence over the organization, an excise tax may be imposed on the person and any organization managers agreeing to the transaction.

Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct. For a detailed discussion, see Political and Lobbying Activities. For more information about lobbying activities by charities, see the article Lobbying Issues; for more information about political activities of charities, see the FY-2002 CPE topic Election Year Issues.

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Seen on the web: Sorry, homosexual people. The Catholic Church’s tax exemption is not affected by their advocacy of traditional marriage.

Posted by: ArizonaDave October 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Nonplussed, SueDe, Marblex, and everyone,

According to the IRS code, churches (and all 501(c)3 orgs) may be engaged in issue politics; the only prohibition is that they may not support specific candidates.

So to everyone who is outraged that churches get involved in these anti-equality ballot initiatives: Sorry! It’s perfectly legal.

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Randall Terry takes the pro-life movement to the woodshed


Telling the Truth:

We are Losing

As the record shows, I have begun discussing certain “pro-life groups,” pro-life “leaders,” and pro-life “talkers” who use words and deeds – and more often, who fail to use certain words and deeds – that have resulted in the slow, steady defeat of the pro-life cause, and the brutal murder of millions more children.

In the battle to keep Kagan off the Supreme Court we have seen – with chilling transparency – that most pro-life groups and “leaders” did little or nothing to try and stop her. They raised money; they whined; they talked; but they did little or nothing to stop her. And now she and the child killers are victorious in this battle.

To make matters worse, false analysts declare – at this very moment of shame and defeat – that we are “winning”. What follows is an example.

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Planned Parenthood: Bad Business in Big Trouble

Medical abortions — which involve delivering the dead baby at home — are promoted as cost-effective alternative to surgical abortions, which is especially appealing to financially fragile affiliates. Take, for example, the Springfield, Illinois, location.

In 2008, all of Planned Parenthood’s affiliates in Illinois consolidated into a single affiliate and pooled their resources. This enabled the Springfield clinic to offer medical abortions — something they were unable to do before, owing to lack of expertise. Steve Trombley, CEO of Chicago Planned Parenthood, stated that the organization “will provide medication abortions in Springfield, rather than surgical abortions, because the medication approach requires less space, expense and other resources” — while still fetching $400 in revenues for each abortion. Such changes are expected to enhance the financial viability of the consolidated affiliate: Planned Parenthood of Illinois posted annual revenues of $24 million and a net loss of $2.5 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009, Trombley said.

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