Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Americans United Asks IRS to Review Tax-Exempt Status of Liberty University

After Liberty University declined to officially recognize the status of a campus Democratic club, the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State asked the IRS to review the tax-exempt status of Liberty.  Here is an excerpt from a letter posted on Americans United website:

“Liberty University is a tax-exempt institution and isn’t allowed to support one party over another,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “If the school insists on pushing policies that favor Republicans over Democrats, it should have to surrender its tax exemption.”

In a letter to the IRS today, Lynn officially requested a review of Liberty’s tax exemption. The letter notes the recent flap and argues that by giving official recognition and student funding to a Republican club but not a Democratic one, Liberty has run afoul of the tax code.

For the entire text of the IRS letter, go to this website: http://www.au.org/media/press-releases/archives/au-letter-to-irs-re-liberty.pdf

(Hat Tip: Tax Prof Blog)

DAB

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