Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Irs targeting churches : IRS Is Sued For Investigating Churches

Church and state are supposed to be separate, so how come the IRS gets to decide what is religious and what is not? And why is the IRS investigating churches and other religious organizations? Is the IRS threatening churches on behalf of anti-religious crusaders? To get some answers, Judicial Watch has sued on behalf of the Alliance Defending Freedom for the release of documents regarding the IRS decision to reevaluate criteria for determining whether churches and other nonprofits can claim tax-exempt status. See Alliance Defending Freedom v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00525)).
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the IRS failed to comply with a request by the Alliance Defending Freedom seeking:
  • All documents related to any existing, proposed, new, or adopted procedures for church tax inquiries or examinations from January 2009 to the present.
  • All documents related to proposed or adopted changes to Treasury Regulations §301.7611-1 from January 2009 to the present.
  • All documents related to new IRS policies or procedures referenced in a Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) July 17, 2014 press release.
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