Calling all 501(c)(3) organizations. In all likelihood, that is your church. And with that tax-exempt status, you lose the right to endorse a candidate or oppose a candidate. It’s set to be a particularly heated and monumental election, so make sure to hold tight to the law regarding political involvement.
In case you do feel the community will respond positively to your politicking, this is a reminder to you that the IRS will not feel the same. Here’s some beach reading from Big Brother regarding churches and politics:
- Tax Information for Charities and Non-Profits. An overview of what your church should know.
- IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban. An IRS press release regarding this particular election.
- Publication 1828. The nitty-gritty, boring .pdf of all these rules.
Being the object of the newspaper article titled “Local church loses tax-exempt status for political position” is in no way, shape or form a good marketing move, so be especially careful this election season.