Tax Policy

Houses of worship and other religious organizations that are designated as religious nonprofits by the Internal Revenue Service are not required to fill out the annual Form 990 required of all other nonprofits. Form 990 requires a nonprofit organization to account for its income, major donations, spending, and other pertinent financial information, which then becomes public information. When a person donates to a church or other house of worship there is no required accounting of how the donation is spent, but the financial benefit given is identical.

This unequal treatment of organizations on the basis of their religious beliefs is unconstitutional and we call upon the IRS to end the special treatment given to houses of worship.