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Anti-LGBT Hate Group Focus on the Family Declares Itself A Church With IRS To Evade Taxes and Disclosures

Via  Right Wing Watch:

Focus on the Family, the behemoth Religious Right organization founded by James Dobson, has declared itself to be a church, thereby avoiding a requirement that it file public tax documents, according to IRS records and a document available on the organization’s website.

Focus on the Family filed as a non-church 501(c)(3) nonprofit as recently as the 2014 fiscal year, submitting to the IRS a publicly available Form 990 as most tax-exempt nonprofits are required to do. But when the group posted a Form 990 for the 2015 fiscal year on its website—dated October 26, 2017, and reporting a massive budget of $89 million—it was emblazoned with the message “Not required to file and not filed with the IRS. Not for public inspection.”

Gail Harmon, an attorney who has advised nonprofits on tax law for more than 30 years, said that she had never before seen a nonprofit organization declare itself a church. “I just found it shocking,” she said. “There’s nothing about them that meets the traditional definition of what a church is,” she said. “They don’t have a congregation, they don’t have the rites of various parts of a person’s life. There’s a whole system for what a church is.”

There is clear biblical precedent for this. It’s just like the story about how Jesus helped the money changers reincorporate into pass-through entitles in order to avoid double taxation from the Romans, while maintaining their right to engage in nakedly partisan advocacy and anti-LGBT hate.

FRC Hate Group President Tony Perkins Challanges The IRS To Withdraw Their Non-Profit Status

Family Research Council President and alleged white supremacist Tony Perkins had some choice words for the Internal Revenue Service in a recent press release where he basically dared the IRS to take away his hate groups 501c non-profit status.  (Which by all rights they shouldn’t have anyway.)

“Some Americans could use a sermon on politics — and yesterday, they got one! More than 1,400 pastors joined Pulpit Freedom Sunday, challenging the IRS’s rules on what churches can and can’t say about elections. The project, part of Alliance Defending Freedom’s outreach, was first introduced to FRC’s pastors network in 2008. Since then, the number of churches involved has absolutely exploded, making yesterday’s event the most successful yet. ADF launched the initiative in hopes of challenging a 1954 tax code called the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt organizations from making political endorsements. ‘The purpose is to make sure that the pastor and not the IRS decides what is said from the pulpit,’ said ADF’s Erik Stanley. If the IRS does take action on the thousands of recorded sermons that will be flooding its offices from yesterday, one thing’s for sure. ADF will be ready!” – Tony Perkins

Its well past time for the IRS to send out tax notices to Tony Perkins and the FRC and alos  to those 1399 other churches whose pastors are defiantly breaking the law, and preaching political directives to their sheeple.

Thanks for bring this to light Tony.  I will make sure to forward this to the proper authorities.

Paul Ryan Campaign Abruptly Ends News Interview Over Taxes and Gun Control Question: VIDEO

A local reporter in Flint, Michigan pushed Paul Ryans buttons in a recent interview when brought up the subject of tax cuts when talking about gun control.  The Ryan camp in return threw a hissy fit and ended the interview abruptly.

Buzzfeed reports on how the Ryan camp is spinning the abrupt finish:

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tells BuzzFeed: “The  reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time for the interview when  he decided to ask a weird question relating gun violence to tax cuts. Ryan  responded as anyone would in such a strange situation. When you do nearly 200  interviews in a couple months, eventually you’re going to see a local reporter  embarrass himself.”

The only thing is that the reporter’s question wasn’t stupid at all, actually it was quite a logical one. If you’re going to preach about increased  law enforcement, how are you planning to pay for that.

Ryan wants to cut federal spending and let the states do their own thing, so  he can claim that he is being self-consistent.  The catch: just like under  Reagan, the anti-tax rhetoric “trickles down” to the state level, and the states  find that for political reasons they can’t raise taxes to compensate for  the drop in revenue they get from the federal government.

It’s the same old scam. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. But GOP voters are too stupid to grasp that fact.

As for Paul Ryan.  Once a petulant prick, always a petulant prick.

102 Things NOT TO DO If You Are A GOP/Teatard Who Doesn’t Want To Pay Taxes

Here’s a handy dandy guide that Republicans and Tea Party Member’ s should”t do since they don’t want to pay taxes.To check on the other 92 things that these wanna be greedy freeloaders should keep their hands off of head on over to AddicitingInfo.org

Hat Tip to Joe My God

Barclays Plc to Join Google And Reimburse Gay Workers for Taxes on U.S. Benefits

Same-sex partners pay an average of $1,069 more in federal tax than people in heterosexual marriages with the same benefits, according to a 2007 study conducted by the Center for American Progress and the Williams Institute.  But now some companies are stepping up to be gair to thier LGBT employees where the Uniteds States goverment will not.
Barclays Plc, Britain’s third- largest bank, is joining Google Inc. and a small number of companies in reimbursing U.S. employees for federal tax they pay on health benefits provided to same-sex domestic partners. 
The aim is to offset the tax on benefits for same-sex partners that doesn’t apply to spouses in heterosexual marriages because same-sex partnerships aren’t recognized as marriages under U.S. law, the London-based bank said today in a statement. The change will take effect Jan. 1, according to the bank, which bought the U.S. business of bankrupt Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008. “We are introducing this payment to proactively offset the additional tax,” Mark Lane, a spokesman for Barclays Capital, said “We believe that by offering this, we will further our efforts to promote an inclusive environment.” Barclays will reimburse employees through a separate payment rather than an increase in base salary.

Reimbursements or “gross-up” benefits offered by Google and Barclays would increase costs for the employers but could improve employee retention, said Todd A. Solomon, a partner with the employee-benefits group of law firm McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago. “It’s simply to provide equal pay for equal work in this civil rights issue, there’s really no financial incentive,” Solomon said in a phone interview. “The bottom line is more than how much cash you spend today, it may help the bottom line to be seen as the employer of choice.”