If you feel that the WTBTS is breaking a tax law(s), you can send a letter to investigate the WTBTS to the IRS to:
Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service MC 4910 DAL 1100 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75242
The IRS will investigate complaints about the WTBTS, but it will not investigate the WTBTS without compliants being sent to the IRS. If you suspect or know that the WTBTS is in violation of the Tax Code, send a letter to the IRS and ask. IRS publications are not specific as to what is or is not in violation of the tax codes.
According to IRS Publication 1828, “Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations - benefits and responsibilities under the federal tax law”, charitable organizations, including churches and religious organizations, must be :
- Organized and operated for religious or other charitable purposes,
- Net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder,
- No substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation,
- The organization may not intervene in political campaigns, and
- The organization's purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
Since "the organization's purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy", I sent a letter to the IRS to investigate the WTBTS by asking if the WTBTS was in violation of the tax codes for the following:
- Donations (i.e., monetary kickbacks) to the Society from businesses that the Society actively promotes to members to stay at when attending conventions and assemblies. Since the WTBTS stopped asking for donations for their literature, I wonder if the WTBTS makes agreements with local businesses to promote those businesses to JWs in return for donations. Donations are legitamite for only that portion of the donation that does not benefit the donor.
- How title of real property used by a local congregation is held after a local congregation pays off loan(s) to the Society, I seriously doubt that the WTBTS holds the property inappropriately, but I thought I would ask the question. If the WTBTS were to dissolve, I believe that the assets of the corporation are suppose to revert to the government.
- Are local congregations free to make decision to sell real property that they use (or used) for regular meetings based on local needs and how are proceeds distributed after the sale. Since mother WTBTS seems to raid local congregations' treasuries by closing congregations or forcing congregations to remodel their KHs, I was wondering if the WTBTS is doing something shady.
- Behavioral control techniques that the Society uses to control its members and to prevent members from freely choosing to practice their religious beliefs, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. I know that this question is reaching for a lower department to make a decision, so I sent an additional letter to the Secretary of the Treasury asking more policy changing questions.
According to a form letter that I received back from the IRS:
"The Internal Revenue Service has an ongoing examination program to ensure that exempt organizations comply with the applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. The information you submitted will be considered in this program."
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,