IRS: Politics can jeopardize churches’ tax-exempt status

IRS: Politics can jeopardize churches’ tax-exempt status

Associated Press – 6/2/2012 3:45:00 AMBookmark and Share

Associated Press logo new 3WASHINGTON – Pastors meeting in Washington have been warned about political activities that could jeopardize their churches’ tax-exempt status.



IRS regional manager Peter Lorenzetti told the Faith Leaders Summit that prohibited activities include endorsing or opposing candidates, campaigning for them, or making contributions to their campaigns.

But pastors are free to do any of those things as private citizens, according to Congressman G.K. Butterfield.  The North Carolina Democrat, a former judge, said, “You simply cannot do it in your capacity as the pastor of the church and give the implication that the church is endorsing the candidate.”


Lorenzetti said churches can distribute voter guides that educate about political issues without favoring a particular candidate.

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