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  •  I wonder how the law would be enforced (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil

    Would violations result in revocation of their tax-exempt status? I can't claim to be an expert, and obviously a state can't pull an organization's federal 501c3 status, but if a state revoked its tax exemption wouldn't it also be jeopardized at the federal level?

    •  No, states can and do have completely (6+ / 0-)

      different rules for tax exemptions unless they have chosen word for word conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.

      When you look at the Internal Revenue Code, carefully coordinating sections 501 and 170, you will note that churches are special chosen entities that do not have to be in the least charitable so long as they pass the inurement test. No state needs to accord them that privileged status.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Fri Oct 25, 2013 at 12:25:39 PM PDT

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