Your View: Some churches take risks in politics

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 01:13 AM

This is an extension to Harold Schultz’s recent letter (Enterprise , Dec. 3) about churches that provided sermons from the pulpit in support of the Republican Party candidates. These churches claim they can do this because of their free speech rights, and it should not affect their tax exempt status. These churches are playing a high-risk game with IRS, and a principal issue is not one of free speech or even their tax exempt status.
Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code allows a tax deduction for contributions to churches only because they are included among organizations covered by Section 501(c)(3) of the Code. The problem is that Section 501(c)(3) has some express limitations on these organizations engaging in efforts to influence legislation or political campaigns.
If churches, or any other 501(c)(3) charitable organizations run afoul of that Section’s operational requirements, they might still be tax exempt under some other provision, but their contributors might be informed that their contributions are no longer tax deductible. This would have an indirect adverse impact on the church or organization.
High Point
The writer is a retired CPA.

Thanks for allowing me to serve
I want to thank the citizens of High Point for the opportunity to serve on City Council during this term. It is a privilege and responsibility. Nobody has to tell you of the many challenges we are facing.  I have said it before and I will say it again, “It’s going to take all of us to get out of this.” I will do my best to make decisions that I believe are in the best interest of our city and her citizens.
My stance on domestic manufacturing is no secret to anyone that knows me.  In my opinion, it is the shift away from this cornerstone that has severely changed and damaged our economy.  The spillover effects are manifesting themselves into our very culture.  All of this and more are certainly part of the subtext of each issue that comes before council.
I continue to believe that we are a micro of the macro, meaning that while we can do good things in and for High Point, what happens across our nation will have a large and direct influence on our abilities to move forward.  I hope each of you will voice your opinion on issues that are of concern to you.
Each Christmas season is a special time of year in our exceptional country. I hope each of you is able to spend valuable time with family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.  For those that do not celebrate this holiday, what an amazing country we live in, where there is the freedom to choose.  If I get my wish, each of us will share in the spirit of joy and hope that comes this time of year.
Thank you again and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God bless.
High Point
The writer was re-elected to a second term on City Council last month.


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