The Internal Revenue Code prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches and charities, from intervening or participating in political campaigns. However, an IRS official recently said the agency had halted audits of churches engaging in political activity in the last three years. A federal court ordered the IRS to clarify who could authorize the audit of churches in 2009, but the agency has not yet adopted new regulations.
“We are holding any potential church audits in abeyance,” IRS official Russell Renwicks said.
The IRS later disavowed the statement, insisting the agency intended to investigate the many complaints it had received once it revised its regulations.
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