The U.S. senate appears to be interested in reviewing Federal tax treatment of charitable contributions according to Report - Present Law and Background Relating to the Federal Tax Treatment of Charitable Contributions (http://www.jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=4371). I encourage everyone to read the aforementioned information and write to their U.S. representatives and committee members of the Joint Committee on Taxation (http://www.jct.gov/) and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (http://www.deficitreduction.gov/public/) about ways to prevent dangerous cults from benefiting from government tax-exempt status. I am sending correspondences to U.S. senators and representatives and will post my letter on this forum by 10/30/11 asking them to enact legislation that would prevent the WTBTS, Unification Church, and other dangerous cults from qualifying as charitable organizations.
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,
Excerpt from Joint Committee on Taxation Report-
Charitable giving by individuals, foundations, estates, and corporations reached $290.89 billion in 2010, of which individuals gave $211.77 billion (approximately two percent of their disposable personal income),3 foundations gave $41.00 billion,4 estates gave $22.83 billion, and corporations gave $15.29 billion.5 These figures represent estimates of the total amount of donations made to charity during 2010. As discussed in Part I, below, not all such donations are deductible for Federal income tax purposes. For data concerning tax-deductible charitable contributions, see Part II, below.
Figure 1, below, shows the recipients of the $290.89 billion of total 2010 charitable giving, by amount received and percentage of the total. The category receiving the largest share of donations in 2010 was religious organizations, which received more than one-third of all charitable donations. Educational institutions were the next largest category, receiving . . .