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Texas religious group denied tax-exempt status

On May 18 an IRS official denied tax-exempt status to Christians Engaged, a Texas religious group, because it was determined that prayer and Bible reading support the Republican Party and its agenda, and the Republican Party is not a tax-exempt organization.  Therefore, direct supporters of the Republican Party cannot claim tax-exemption under the 501(c)(3) provision of the U.S. tax code.  Read the entire article by clicking the link below:


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FOLLOW-UP

On Friday, June 25 Rep. Daniel Webster and several others, including Rep. Chip Roy (TX) and Senator Marco Rubio wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig expressing extreme concern at the IRS’ recent denial of the tax-exempt status of Christians Engaged, a nonpartisan, faith-based civic engagement organization in Garland, Texas. Christians Engaged is a non-profit whose mission is to pray, vote and engage on spiritual issues while promoting their values politically.
Our letter calls for –

  • An objective analysis of applications for tax-exempt status without outside influence or political bias
  • An immediate review of the application Christians Engaged submitted requesting tax-exempt status
  • The termination of the IRS staff involved in the reasoning behind the denial

The IRS responded on Thursday, July 8 by granting tax-exempt status to Christians Engaged.


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