Wednesday, November 21, 2007

IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban

Recently the Internal Revenue Service put out a press release reminding charities and churches, and other section 501(c)(3) organizations, that federal law prohibits them from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates. However, these organizations can engage in advocating for or against issues and, to a limited extent, ballot initiatives or other legislative activities. "The political contests, especially for president, are starting earlier than usual. The IRS, as it has in the past, wants to remind charities and churches of the ban on political campaign activity. We also want to urge nonprofit and religious organizations to review the guidance we have issued to help them avoid any problems," notes Steven T. Miller, Commissioner of IRS’ Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division.

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