The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 29, 2013

Letter: IRS just doing its job

Enough! Enough! Enough!  

All of the hyperventilating about the IRS’s doing its job by carefully screening all individuals and organizations who believe they are due special exemptions from their tax liabilities deliberately distorts the reality of the obligations of the IRS.

Every entity is required by law to pay its fair share of taxes to support the United States and her citizens whether from floods, fires, tornadoes, droughts, or hurricanes. Those taxes make each of us a part of the united family. It should require more than declaring oneself a minister, opening a Bible on the coffee table, and holding services for three in the living room to expect tax exempt status, but that is exactly what the current dither is all about. Too many groups set about to dodge paying their fair share by pseudo-designations.  

Churches enjoy tax-exempt status as religious institutions, but when some churches actively support a particular political candidate by projecting a candidate’s image on the screens in their sanctuaries during services and handing out candidate’s propaganda at their doors on Sunday morning, that exemption is threatened. That is the basis for the current "flap.” This misconduct jeopardizes the tax-exempt status of the vast majority of America’s churches which play by the rules.  

We all grumble a bit when tax time rolls around, and there have been instances of the IRS’s being too heavy-handed, but this is not one of those instances. Every citizen needs to know what has prompted these recent investigations, so that truth becomes the standard. Most sincerely.

Nancy Jewell


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