Monday, July 12, 2021
IRS Reverses Course, Grants Tax-Exempt Status To Organization That Encourages Christians To 'Pray, Vote, Engage' After Initially Saying Bible Teachings Are Associated With Republican Party
Following up on my previous post, IRS Denies Tax-Exempt Status To Organization That Encourages Christians To 'Pray, Vote, Engage' Because '[B]ible Teachings Are Typically Affiliated With The [Republican] Party': Fred Stokeld, Christian Group That Battled IRS Receives Exemption After All, 172 Tax Notes Fed. 310 (July 10, 2021):
The IRS has reversed course and granted tax exemption to a civic-minded Christian organization that it had proposed denying exemption to for engaging in partisan politics.
Christians Engaged, which encourages Christian involvement in civic affairs, has received exemption as an organization described under section 501(c)(3), according to a July 7 release from the First Liberty Institute, which represented Christians Engaged when the group appealed the proposed denial.
First Liberty Institute Press Release, After Backlash, IRS Grants Religious Group Tax Exempt Status (July 7, 2021):
Today, First Liberty Institute announced that the IRS has granted tax exempt status to Christians Engaged, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Christians to pray for our nation and elected officials, vote, and be civically engaged. The reversal comes after a national backlash against the IRS’s initial rejection of Christians Engaged’s nonprofit status because, the IRS claimed, “[B]ible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican] party and candidates.” ...
Christians Engaged provides nonpartisan religious and civic education, focusing on encouraging and educating Christians to be civically engaged as a part of their religious practice. Christians Engaged applied for tax exempt status in late 2019. On May 18, 2021, IRS Exempt Organizations Director Stephen A. Martin denied the application, contending that Christians Engaged “engage[s] in prohibited political campaign intervention” and “operate[s] for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the [Republican] party.” After the appeal, Director Martin granted the application for 501(c)(3) status.
- IRS Exemption Letter to Christians Engaged (July 7, 2021)
- Christians Engaged Press Release, We Won IRS Reverses Decision We Are TAX EXEMPT (July 7, 2021)
- Senator Mike Lee Press Release, IRS Changes Course after Sen. Lee and Rep. Owens Send Letter on Religious Liberty (July 7, 2021)
- Senator Ted Cruz Press Release, Statement on IRS Granting Texas Christian Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Status (July 7, 2021)
- Representative Chip Roy Press Release, Statement on the IRS Reversing Its Denial of Tax-Exempt Status to Christians Engaged (July 7, 2021)
- Senator Ted Cruz Press Release, Sen. Cruz, Rep. Roy Call Out IRS’s Religious Discrimination (June 25, 2021)
- Letter, From Senators and Representatives to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig (June 25, 2021)
- Letter, From Representatives Kevin Brady and Mike Kelly to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig (June 25, 2021)
- Accounting Today, IRS Gives Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Political Group After Backlash
- Christian Post, IRS Reverses Course, Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Group It Accused of Being Too Political
- Christianity Daily, Christian Nonprofit Granted Tax Exempt Status Following Backlash Against IRS Decision
- The Daily Signal, IRS Reverses Course, Grants Tax-Exempt Status To Christian Group After Initially Rejecting, Saying “Bible’s Teachings” Associated With Republican Party
- Fox News, IRS Grants Religious Group Tax-Exempt Status After Backlash
- Law360, GOP Reps. Seek IRS Probe Of Christian Org's Exemption Denial
- Law360, IRS' Reversal On Christian Org Exemption Hailed By Lawmaker
- Newsmax, IRS Reverses Decision, Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Nonprofit
- PJ Media, IRS Finally Approves Christian Group's Tax-Exempt Status, But There's a Catch ...
- Washington Examiner, IRS Reverses Course and Grants Tax-Exempt Status to Christian Group