Thursday, May 22, 2008
On May 21, 2008, the United Church of Christ announced on its website that the IRS has clear it of charges that it violated U.S. tax laws "when U.S. Sen. Barack Obama addressed the denomination's 50th anniversary General Synod in Hartford, Conn., in June 2007." Here is an excerpt from the announcement:
The IRS determination outlined several steps taken by the UCC that indicated compliance with the law. The letter said the UCC's invitation to Obama came "well before he announced his candidacy and that [he] was invited to speak … in a non-candidate capacity, on how his personal faith intersected with his public life."
"You further established that the United Church of Christ had verbally communicated to those in attendance that Senator Obama was there as a member of the church and not as a candidate for office, that the audience should not attempt to engage in any political activities, and that the church's legal counsel had advised Senator Obama's campaign on the ground rules for the speech," the IRS determined.
To see the full announcement, see "Concluding its UCC inquiry, IRS offers complete vindication" on the UCC website. For a copy of the IRS determination letter, go here.
Hat Tip to our sister blog TaxProf Blog for this lead.