When Politics Enters the Church
When Politics Enters the Church
Rampant violations expose congregations to the possibility of losing their tax-exempt statuses.

To maintain their exemption from federal income taxes, churches and other religious organizations must comply with several requirements specified in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. One requirement prohibits religious organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. Many churches have violated this requirement in the past with no adverse consequences. Common violations include:

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