Citizens Project educates, empowers local churches to protect their tax-exempt status.

Every year, there is an effort to undermine IRS regulations regarding electioneering by tax-exempt organizations, called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” In response, this month Citizens Project sent letters to over 350 local churches to make them aware of conflicts that could potentially arise this election season and how to protect their IRS 501(c)3 status.

We are committed to being a resource to faith communities as they endeavor to engage in dialogue with church members about policy issues related to their faith while not jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. The letter highlighted guidelines of activities that faith communities must avoid and also activities that are permitted to be in compliance
with IRS regulations. Read the letter here…

2 Replies to "Citizens Project educates, empowers local churches to protect their tax-exempt status."

  • Jerry Newsom
    February 2, 2015 (4:35 pm)

    I’m sorry, but why should I be happy that churches are tax exempt???
    Why are they allowed to affect our political outcomes that favor their particular interpretations of religious texts??? Too much of their teachings encourage discrimination against minority groups!!!
    This is clearly an unfair tax burden on those of us who do not wish to support organizations we don’t agree with, and pay their share of taxes in the process!!!

  • Deb Walker
    February 4, 2015 (10:09 am)

    Thank you for your comment. Whether you believe in the the inherent fairness of churches having tax exempt status or not, our effort is focused on ensuring that churches (and other 501c(3) organizations) are clear about what the legal obligations are that come with that tax exempt status. In this case, specifically, churches must be aware of what constitutes electioneering and the inappropriateness of endorsing candidates.

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