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Politics in the Church: What to Know for Election Season

Attorney Richard R. Hammar helps church leaders understand the requirements and potential risks involved when participating in political activity.

Last Reviewed: April 19, 2022

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In order to maintain their exemption from federal income taxes, churches must comply with several requirements specified in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Two of these requirements involve political activities: Churches may not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. And, churches may not engage in substantial efforts to influence legislation. So, what do these requirements exactly mean? How should church leaders navigate them as election season heats up? And what happens if they violate them? In this webinar offered exclusively for Church Law & Tax Advantage Members, renowned church attorney and CPA Richard R. Hammar—author of Pastor, Church & Law, ...

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