“Thrive” unless heads of household happen to be a gay couple

Three years ago the Internal Revenue Service designated Focus on the Family a church which means that the organization is not required to file an annual report with the Service. It should be perfectly obvious that Focus on the Family is not a                   church.

On November 15 I finally got around to a FOIA request relative to the correspondence associated with Focus on the Family’s change of status. Admittedly, I should have done this a very long time ago.

Yesterday, Monday, I received a response from the IRS. As you can see they claim that they cannot locate the files. A second letter was included assuring me that Focus is tax exempt and the contributions are tax-deductible unless Focus fails to file a form 990 for three consecutive years.

That is baffling because they are not required to file a form 990 at all. I will follow up today with a copy to Donna Shalala’s chief of staff. Contacting them by telephone is a futile endeavor that will consume a great deal of time and will require me to consume a Xanax. Your tax dollars at work.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.