Saturday, December 31, 2005
Mark A. Muntean (Robert W. Wood, P.C., San Francisco) has published Preserving the Saints: IRS vs. All Saints Church, 109 Tax Notes 1691 (Dec. 26, 2005), also available on the Tax Analysts web site as Doc 2005-25292, 2005 TNT 248-13. Here is the opening:
Newspapers across the country, from The New York Times to the Los Angeles Times, have published a number of stories in connection with an antiwar and antipoverty sermon delivered by a minister in Pasadena, Calif., before the last presidential election. Letters to the Editor, The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2005; "Antiwar Sermon Brings Warning," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 7, 2005; "Sermon Gets Church in Trouble with IRS," Chicago Sun Times, Nov. 9, 2005. The sermon delivered at All Saints Church was originally reported in the L.A. Times and that was controversial enough. More recently, the IRS spawned its own related debate when it began an inquiry into whether the church should be allowed to keep its tax-exempt status. And this isn't the only church facing a kind of IRS judgment day. According to The Washington Times, the IRS is probing 20 churches in connection with improper political activities related to the 2004 election. "Probe Continues of 60 Tax-Exempt Groups, IRS Says," The Washington Times, Nov. 10, 2005.