The Religious Right has been trying to make it legal for churches to endorse political candidates without losing their tax exemptions. Thankfully, it's not happening with the latest spending bill.
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Edward A. Zelinsky (Cardozo), Taxation and Religion in 2018: 2018 will be an interesting year for those concerned about the intersection of taxation and religion. Two important issues – the constitutionality of the parsonage allowance and the future of the Johnson Amendment – are primed for further controversy in the...
Christianity Today, Johnson Amendment Repeal Removed from Final GOP Tax Bill: President Donald Trump’s biggest religious freedom policy promise to evangelicals—repealing the Johnson Amendment—will no longer take place via Republican tax reform. A Democratic senator announced Thursday night that the repeal included in the House version of the tax bill,...
The Republican effort to repeal the "Johnson Amendment" has been pulled from the GOP tax plan, but that doesn't mean the idea is dead.
And it was good. The post Senate parliamentarian: Thou shalt not repeal the Johnson Amendment by reconciliation appeared first on Hot Air.
The GOP wanted to let pastors endorse candidates from the pulpit without putting their churches' tax exemptions at risk.Then their incompetence got in the way.
Trump promise to let churches make political endorsements blocked by Senate rule. President Donald Trump’s biggest religious freedom policy promise to evangelicals—repealing the Johnson Amendment—will no longer take place via Republican...Show More Summary
A Republican push to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which forbids political endorsement by churches and other tax-exempt nonprofits, is deeply unpopular, even among churchgoers who believe in activism.
Following up on yesterday's post, Ellen P. Aprill (Loyola-L.A.), Amending the Johnson Amendment in the Age of Cheap Speech, 2018 U. Ill. L. Rev. Online ___: New York Times op-ed: Leave the Johnson Amendment Alone, by Ellen P. Aprill (Loyola-L.A.): As the House and the Senate seek agreement on tax...
Alex Entz believes that the Johnson amendment, a legal provision restricting the permissible political activity of tax-exempt religious organizations, should be kept on the books rather than modified as it is in the House tax legislation. Show More Summary
Ellen in the NYT: Contributions to charities are deductible; contributions to PACs and section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations are not. Because charities can have enormous influence on political campaigns with very little expense, many who wish to intervene in political … Continue reading ?
Charities and churches shouldn’t be involved in political campaigns.
Ellen P. Aprill (Loyola-L.A.), Amending the Johnson Amendment in the Age of Cheap Speech, 2018 U. Ill. L. Rev. Online ___: On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax reform legislation. It includes a provision amending the provision of the Internal Revenue Code, sometimes...
Edward A. Zelinsky (Cardozo), What the House-Senate Conference Committee should do about the Johnson Amendment: The Johnson Amendment is the part of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) which bans tax-exempt institutions from participating in political campaigns. The US House of Representatives has passed H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,...
For years, a group of largely evangelical Christian conservatives have pushed the White House and Congress to abolish the so-called Johnson Amendment, a provision of the IRS tax code created in 1954 that bars non-profits and churches from endorsing political candidates. They now stand on the cusp of at least partly achieving their goal: a […]
Ellen Aprill has posted this important draft on SSRN (forthcoming University of Illinois Law Review On-Line). Here is the abstract: On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released its proposed tax reform legislation. It includes a provision … Continue reading ?
Eliza Newlin Carney: By essentially repealing the so-called Johnson Amendment, a tax provision that bars charities from engaging in partisan politics, the House legislation frees up big donors to funnel even more unlimited, undisclosed money into campaigns, and, for the … Continue reading ?
The House’s repeal of the Johnson Amendment poses an existential threat to both charities and American elections. There’s a great deal wrong with the House-passed tax overhaul bill, but its most heinous provision may be one that effectively blows up both the campaign-finance laws and the charitable sector at the same time. Show More Summary
This "fix" doesn't make things better.This would just make all non-profits, churches included, political pawns.