Issues that Affect Ministers and Churches
The scam. Over the past several years, a small number of unscrupulous persons have engaged in shameful fear tactics to frighten pastors and other church leaders into attending worthless seminars on church and clergy tax issues. Advertising is filled with misrepresentations and gross exaggerations with one goal in mind—to frighten and intimidate church leaders into attending a tax seminar and buying worthless products and services.
Sadly, some individuals use fear tactics to compensate for their total lack of professional qualifications. After all, anyone can appear knowledgeable and authoritative by frightening seminar audiences with phony IRS forms, false reporting requirements, and wild claims about IRS audits of churches and ministers. Few people are knowledgeable enough to question such tactics.
Tragically, many have been duped into attending such seminars, and have purchased worthless "accounting" and "compliance" services.
Example. One widely promoted and self-proclaimed "expert" has been sued for fraud, investigated by the IRS, and has repeatedly lied to audiences of pastors about his professional qualifications, telling audiences that he is an attorney, a CPA , a college graduate, a tireless lobbyist for churches in Washington, and a frequent spokesman for churches on national news programs and in national publications. All of these claims are false. The "expert" is a college drop-out!