Grassley Releases Review of Tax Issues Raised by Media-based Ministries

January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today released a staff review of the activities and practices of six media-based ministries and reports concerning other churches and religious organizations referred to the committee. He pursued this review as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the tax-exempt sector. The review contains a summary of findings and identifies key issues for discussion by stakeholders.

“The tax-exempt sector is so big that from time to time, certain practices draw public concern,” Grassley said. “My goal is to help improve accountability and good governance so tax-exempt groups maintain public confidence in their operations.”

Grassley said tax-exempt policy involving churches and religious organizations is an area Congress hasn’t looked at in decades. Then-Senator Mark Hatfield’s 1977 request to evangelical groups to be more transparent caused the formation of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Joining this organization has become like a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for those in the evangelical community.

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Source: Senate Committee on Finance, January 6, 2011