Disciples News Service

Election season

The federal government has very explicit rules about churches and other 501(c)3 organizations around political activities. Should a nonprofit (church) stray over the boundary from information to advocacy, there are penalties. To get the basics straight from the Internal Revenue Service, check the following links:

Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations pages 5 – 15 lobbying and political campaign activity http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf

Other materials addressing charities, churches and education organizations – Political campaign intervention http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=155030,00.html

                Article: Charities, Churches and Politics http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=161131,00.html

               Article: IRS Reminds Charities and Churches of Political Activity Ban http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=175818,00.html