And the 45th continues,

Columbus BlackBlog Series Vol. 2, Daniel Woodley

Church PicTrump has said, time after time that he promises to eradicate the Johnson Amendment, both before and after his election. However, the executive order isn’t close to eradication. Due to the Johnson Amendment being a part of the tax code, only Congress can repeal it, or it could be struck down in court.

 

This bill would strip away the tax code’s outlawing against churches and other tax-exempt organizations participating in political races or opposing candidates for public office that was enforced by the 1954 Johnson Amendment. It would apply to taxable years ending after this bill’s enactment, and wouldn’t contradict or limit any provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

 

If you’re in favor of this bill, that’s good because Churches and other religious or secular tax-exempt organizations are still able to exhaust there First amendment just as much as individuals and businesses, and as a result they should be able to engage in political campaigns without being stripped of their privileged tax status.

 

However, if you oppose this bill, maybe that’s not a bad thing, because tax exempt organizations, whether they’re churches or not shouldn’t be able to get involved in political races and endorse candidates while maintaining their tax exempt status.
This is is a brief description of annual filing requirements for taxexempt churches and religious organizations. An overview of rules on tax inquiries and examinations of churchesTax information for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and other organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) section 501(c)(3, according to the IRS. It’s inappropriate to mix politics with religious institutions.

Written by Daniel Woodley

 

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