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"Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes"
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:35:14 PM »
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/282496855/can-a-television-network-be-a-church-the-irs-says-yes
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Churches avoid not only taxes, but any requirement to disclose their finances. And, as NPR has learned, for the last five years churches have avoided virtually any scrutiny whatsoever from the federal government's tax authority.
Today, television evangelists are larger, more numerous, more complex, richer, with bigger audiences than ever before and yet they are the least transparent of all nonprofits.
The top three religious broadcasters — Christian Broadcast Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar Television — are worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars combined, according to available records.






IRS 14 Point test for church:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopica94.pdf





This aerial photograph shows Kenneth and Gloria Copeland's lakeside villa, valued at $6.3 million, which is not taxed because it is listed as a parsonage.
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Re: "Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes"
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
This is shameful. Such persons should be treated as the conmen that they are, not given financial incentives to continue fleecing their flock.  >:(
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Re: "Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes"
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 06:39:13 PM »
Part 2:

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/02/298373994/onscreen-but-out-of-sight-tv-preachers-avoid-tax-scrutiny

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Even before church audits stopped, Congress was concerned that televangelists were misbehaving. Seven years ago, the Senate Finance Committee started investigating six high-flying ministries. They all preach a prosperity gospel, which holds that wealth - the more the better - is evidence of God's blessings. Two of them cooperated with the committee; four provided incomplete records or refused altogether, citing church privacy rules.


Daystar has spent $572,154 from nondonation ministry income to pay for sponsorship and expenses of Christian NASCAR driver Blake Koch.



I wonder how the good sheep would feel when they find their offerings used for racing, or a yacht's diesel fuel.

As the above article reminds us near the end:
"Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men."
 -Paul, 2 Corinthians 8:21
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Re: "Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes"
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 02:03:28 PM »
I see no reason why a television station cannot be considered to be a religious organization.

Lets face the truth: A religious organization is a group of people who believe in the obviously false and want to tell people about it and convince them it isn't false. Why wouldn't a TV station qualify?


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And you should feel guilty for this. Give me money.