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  •  jbob - the person who wrote the article (19+ / 0-)

    in the link has absolutely no idea what they were writing about. The issue of 4Cs and "exclusivity" has absolutely nothing to do with the political activity of churches. The IRS has given churches, organized as 3Cs, a safe harbor of 20% of their total expenses that can be allocated to political issues as long as they don't support candidates by name. Even if van Hollen won his lawsuit (which I think is doubtful - see my other comment) it would have no bearing on churches. There is no potential revenue windfall for the Treasury on the horizon.

    I would be shocked if van Hollen even thought that his lawsuit was attacking the tax free status of churches. That's a political third rail in my view. The entire civil rights effort was funded, organized, and managed by churches.

    It's frustrating when this kind of material gets into the Internet echo chamber, spreading misinformation.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:19:56 AM PDT

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    •  I'm going to nit pick on you a little bit (0+ / 0-)

      You aren't wrong in your general premise, but are you talking about the 20% safe harbor for lobbying under Section 501(h)?  If so, that applies to lobbying only, not political issues and Section 501(h) doesn't apply to churches.

      No 501c3, church or otherwise, can do ANY political activity.

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