"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
First and foremost, The Druid Church is an unincorporated, nonprofit church. The IRS acknowledges a church's tax-free exemption under the law, regardless if a church has filed for incorporation or not. We are not registered with--nor "recognized" by--the IRS and we do not intend to incorporate with them at any time in the future. It is not a requirement, so we choose to not seek their consent or validation of our religious beliefs. Simply put, we are a church, not a business.
Below are links to some relevant sites so that you may see for yourself, in case you have doubts about the legality of your tax-deductible contributions. We are not lawyers and we do not offer this information as any type of legal counsel or advice. Right or wrong, it is simply our interpretation of a few IRS publications.
SOURCE: http://www.irs.gov/irm/part7/irm_07-025-001.html (heading marked “126.96.36.199 (09-26-2014)")
SOURCE: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/508 (c)(1)(A)
SOURCE: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p557.pdf (page 29)
SOURCE: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/170 (b)(1)(A)(i)
SOURCE: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4220.pdf (page 5)
In light of the scandalous political targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, we feel it's in our best interest to avoid associating with them. Here are some links to articles that may be of interest, concerning unincorporated churches and the folly of 501(c)(3), take a look and decide for yourself. Again, this is not legal advice nor counsel, merely a small sampling of churches and what they've had to endure in pursuit of their beliefs.
Everett Ramsey, DD
The Druid Church will provide timely, written statements for any amounts received so you may enjoy the tax benefit that your charitable donations are afforded. If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of your donation, please follow your instincts and do what you feel is best. Your fellowship is what truly matters most to us, not your wallet.
~ So Say We All ~
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