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Politics and the Church: What to Know in an Election Year

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Politics and the Church: What to Know in an Election Year

Churches differ on opinions about whether they should be politically involved. The IRS, on the other hand, is clear on its stance: churches need to stay out of the political ring or risk losing their tax-exempt status. This download provides the tax and legal guidelines faith-based organizations need to know before jumping into the political fray.

CONTENTS

The Politics of Religion
What it could cost your church for participating in political activity.
By Richard R. Hammar

When Church Meets Candidate
How churches can navigate candidate appearances.
By Emily Lund

Avoiding the Elephant (or Donkey) in the Pulpit
How pastors can preach about the important matters of the day—without becoming too political or risking a church's tax-exempt status.
By Bobby Ross Jr

What Churches Really Need to Know About Church Lobbying
Two attorneys offer guidance on why—and how—churches can still act as the moral mouthpiece of our nation.
By Ashley Emmert

Church Political Activities: The IRS Is Watching
The agency says protocol is in place to properly initiate church tax inquiries.
By Richard R. Hammar

A Guide to Political Campaign Activities by Churches
by Richard R. Hammar


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Pages: 27