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Reaping Where They Have Not Sowed: Have American Churches Failed to Satisfy the Requirements for the Religious Tax Exemption?

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dc.contributor.author James, Vaughn E.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-03T21:02:31Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-03T21:02:31Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation 43 Cath. Law. 29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/393
dc.description.abstract Part I of this Article will review the historical development of the religious tax exemption, tracing the progress of the exemption through Judeo-Christian history to post-revolutionary America. Part II will review current law regarding the religious tax exemption, discussing the benefits churches receive from the grant of the exemptions, as well as the responsibilities thrust upon them in exchange for such exemptions. Part III will review attempts over the last fifty years by American churches to engage in lobbying and political activities, detailing the political activities of three religious groupings: the Roman Catholic Church; the Religious Right; and African-American churches. Part IV will discuss efforts by the Internal Revenue Service ("the Service") to enforce the law by discussing the sole recorded instance wherein the Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of a church for its failure to adhere to the anti-lobbying and anti-political campaigning requirements of the IRC. Recognizing that the Service's efforts have not stemmed the tide of lobbying and other political activity by American churches, Part V will propose a three-part solution to the problem. Section VI will conclude by reviewing the current debate regarding the religious tax exemption and will reiterate the author's opinion that the Service must act now to ensure that churches in America no longer reap where they have not sowed. en_US
dc.publisher Catholic Lawyer
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dc.subject Religious tax exemption en_US
dc.subject Anti-lobbying en_US
dc.subject Anti-political campaigning requirements
dc.subject Political activity of the church
dc.title Reaping Where They Have Not Sowed: Have American Churches Failed to Satisfy the Requirements for the Religious Tax Exemption? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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