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  •  lunachickie - they may not know (0+ / 0-)

    A little searching on Google would suggest between 1913 and 1920. The income tax amendment was passed in 1913 and the Revenue Act of 1918 allowed deductions for contributions to certain not for profit organizations who would have had to register to achieve that not for profit status.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 06:39:37 PM PST

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    •  asdf (4+ / 0-)
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      certain not-for-profit organizations

      Should we simply assume that churches should be included in the "certain" category? Or should we take the word of an alleged expert who wrote only this:

      religious entities are corporate forms, often formed under a specific religious corp statute

      Gimme a break. The gaggle of words thrown out in an attempt to look informed and authoritative really didn't say a whole lot of anything germane to the actual point of the diary.

      See, I enjoy my own little brand of devil's advocacy out here. I try to pin the word-saladsmiths down to specifics. Usually, they don't have any. And then the actual, on-topic conversation tends to continue.
       

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 06:56:18 PM PST

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      •  Religious organizations are corporations (1+ / 0-)
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        organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. To be eligible for tax deductible contributions you must be a corporation registered under this specific code with the IRS. However, I thought your question was not "if" religious organizations in the US are corporations, but rather "when" the practice either started or required. My guess is that johnny with his access to the Lexus/Nexus data base and tax background will come up with a definitive answer on the "when" question. The "if" question is easy to answer, if you want your supporters to be able to have their contributions be deductible for income tax purposes you must be a corporation under 501(c) (3).

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 07:28:31 PM PST

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      •  Here ya go: (2+ / 0-)
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        It's a search of federal decisions showing that churches are corporations.

        link.

      •  The question, once again (0+ / 0-)

        was as follows:

        "when were religious corporations granted legal corporate status in the United States"?

        WHEN were they granted legal corporate status?

        WHEN?

        The question was WHEN did this happen? It was not always thus.

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 04:52:46 PM PST

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