Politics in the church is a complex and passionate topic. But there are realities to face.
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, Fifth Edition and the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide—explores the requirements and discusses how leaders should approach this sensitive, and often volatile, issue.
Want more information on this topic? Check out the “Churches and Political Activities” Recommended Reading page.
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