|By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link|
Miranda Blue had an excellent piece about Focus on the Family and Liberty Counsel yesterday. Apparently Focus on the Family decided that filing annual reports is just too tedious so they declared themselves a church. I check the database. They are not claiming to be a religious organization exempt from filing. Focus on the Family is actually claiming to be a church.
Even more appalling is the fact that the Internal Revenue Service has permitted this change of status which also makes Focus on the Family virtually immune to the potential of an audit.
I need to keep track of Miranda’s outstanding document requests from the Service. Focus’ change seems inexplicable. Furthermore, the organization voluntarily provides an annual financial report as a form 990 and claims that it will continue to do so. That leads me to question why they made this change in the first place. Do they need to shield themselves from audit?