by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Government Investigations

§ 9.06

As has been noted elsewhere,[127] See § 6-03, supra. the IRS possesses broad authority to inspect church records. This authority has been upheld on numerous occasions. Government investigations may be initiated by other federal agencies as well. To illustrate:

  • The Postal Service can investigate "any scheme or artifice to defraud, or … obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises" in connection with the use of the mail.[128] 18 U.S.C. § 1341.
  • The Federal Communications Commission can investigate complaints regarding a broadcast licensee's performance.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can investigate the compliance of religious organizations with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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