Anybody can get the financial records of the WT!

by EndofMysteries 24 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • frankiespeakin

    I think the new york state non profit revitalization act 2013 will make available for public records the audit in an effort to make transparency.

    The goals of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act include reducing outdated and unnecessary burdens on nonprofits and expediting the application process, improving both transparency and governance in the name of improving public trust in charities,” according to Hannah Hanford, executive director of the Adirondack Health Foundation. “The Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Health Foundation believes strongly that charitable boards take their oversight role seriously because a nonprofit’s integrity is its most important asset. This new law reflects their philosophy and practice while it recognizes modern communication methods to streamline board e-communications to allow business to be accomplished in a timely manner.” - See more at:

  • EndofMysteries

    AWESOME FIND FRANKIE! I just read it and I'm attaching some key parts of it.

    One of which is the non profits MUST adopt whistleblower policies! Right now the WT whistleblower policy is, report us and get dfed for apostacy lol.

    Ensuring sound financial management by requiring that charities’ boards perform active oversight over financial audits. Boards will be responsible for retaining independent auditors and reviewing results of the audit. At larger charities (over $1 million in annual revenue), the board or audit committee will be required to follow additional oversight procedures.

    - Preventing conflicts of interest by requiring that transactions between a nonprofit and insiders who stand to benefit be fully disclosed and that nonprofit boards determine they are fair, reasonable, and in organizations’ best interests. When a charity engages in a substantial transaction with an insider, the board will have to consider alternatives and document its basis for choosing the insider transaction.

    - Strengthening the Attorney General’s power to police fraud and abuse by granting clear power to bring judicial proceedings to unwind interested-party transactions.

    - Ensuring board independence by prohibiting any employee of a nonprofit from also serving as chair of its board.

    - Promoting good governance by requiring all nonprofits to adopt conflict of interest policies and those with over $1 million in annual revenue and 20 or more employees to adopt whistleblower policies.

    According to ACT the bill also reduces unnecessary and outdated burdens on nonprofits by:

    - Streamlining procedures for nonprofit mergers, property sales and corporate dissolutions, so that funds needed for ongoing charitable programs are not wasted on unnecessary red tape.

    - Modernizing laws to allow nonprofits to conduct their affairs more efficiently, such as permitting nonprofits to use email and video technology for meetings and allowing boards to delegate the approval of small transactions to committees.

    - Eliminating unnecessary and costly requirements for nonprofits forming in New York, saving nonprofits money and time and allowing them to commence charitable programs more quickly.

    - See more at:

  • EndofMysteries

    AND if they are force to do that, the reports will show us who within the organization may be profiting. (the insiders who own companies that pay the WT pay for services)

  • blondie

    Churches are exempt from filing throughout the US.

    So does the NY apply to religious non profits?

    Some religious non-profits may lose protections under the US tax laws if they are found involved in politics per this article (but then the WTS is fairly scrupulous about not getting involved in politics)

    Freedom from Religion group, IRS settle lawsuit

    21 hours ago • By SCOTT BAUER

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has instituted a protocol for investigating tax-exempt churches and religious organizations involved in political activity, according to a Wisconsin-based group representing atheists and agnostics that filed a federal lawsuit over the issue.

    The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the IRS submitted a motion in federal court on Thursday asking the judge to dismiss the case filed in 2012. The FFRF announced the settlement on Friday.

    "This is a victory, and we're pleased with this development in which the IRS has proved to our satisfaction that it now has in place a protocol to enforce its own anti-electioneering provisions," said the group's co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor.

    An IRS spokesman for Wisconsin said he was not familiar with the case and had no immediate comment.

    The original lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Madison in 2012 alleged that the IRS was violating the U.S. Constitution by not enforcing the federal tax code, which prohibits tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering.

    The FFRF argued that churches and other religious organizations have become increasingly more involved in political campaigns, "blatantly and deliberately flaunting the electioneering restrictions."

    The lawsuit asked the court to order the IRS to initiate enforcement of the electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.

    The IRS has provided proof that investigations resumed last year, Gaylor said. However, she said the IRS is not currently investigating any tax-exempt entities, including churches, because of the Congressional moratorium placed on it while it looks into the agency's operations.

    Gaylor said her group could refile the lawsuit later if the IRS does not investigate what she called "rogue political churches."

    The IRS had said publicly in 2012 that it was not investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.

    The Freedom from Religion Foundation, which says it has 19,000 members nationwide, frequently files lawsuits challenging potential violations of the separation of church and state.

    In recent years it has challenged the legality of the National Day of Prayer, the placement of a cross on a war memorial in Rhode Island, and praying before sporting events and other activities.

  • frankiespeakin

    Blondie is referring to federal and I'm referring to state(NewYork) the state they are incorporated in.'s_Witnesses

    Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania [ edit ]
    Main article: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania

    Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is a non-stock, not-for-profit organization [4] headquartered in the New York City borough ofBrooklyn, United States. It is the main legal entity used worldwide by Jehovah's Witnesses, often referred to as "The Society". It holds the copyrights of most literature published by Jehovah's Witnesses. The society was founded in 1881 with William Henry Conley, a Pittsburgh businessman, as the first president and Charles Taze Russell as secretary-treasurer. [5] The society was incorporated as Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society inPennsylvania on December 15, 1884, with Russell as president. [6] The corporation was officially renamed Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in 1896; similar names had been in unofficial use since at least 1892. [7]

    Personnel (as of September 1, 2005) [ edit ]
    • President: Don A. Adams
    • Vice Presidents: Robert W. Wallen, William F. Malenfant
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Richard E. Abrahamson
    • Directors: Danny L. Bland, Philip D. Wilcox, John N. Wischuk
    Name changes [ edit ]
    • Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society (1881–1896)
    • Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (1896–1955)
    • Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (since 1955)
    United States corporations [ edit ]
    Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. [ edit ]

    Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. is a corporation used by Jehovah's Witnesses, which is responsible for administrative matters, such as real estate, especially within the United States. This corporation is typically cited as the publisher of Jehovah's Witnesses publications, though other publishers are sometimes cited. The corporation's stated purposes are: “Charitable, benevolent, scientific, historical, literary and religious purposes; the moral and mental improvement of men and women, the dissemination of Bible truths in various languages by means of the publication of tracts, pamphlets, papers and other religious documents, and for religious missionary work.[8]

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  • blondie

    frankie, will they make the reports of religious non profits available? Not available at the IRS level. Could your provide some more specific info on the NY state tax website?

  • frankiespeakin

    Yes even religious charities must submit to an audit, and since the Nonprofit Revitalization Act is for the purpose of making them more transparent and a bad/adverse audit will cause them to loose funding. So I'm thinking yes they will be availible.

  • blondie

    So NY State has a law on the books requiring religious non-profits make the same financial reports as non-religious non-profits? Or is one being considered? Can states have laws on their books that do not coincide with the laws in the national constitution? Isn't it most likely that religious non-profits in NY State will take this to the Supreme Court?

    If these laws are on the books, can you point me to where it is discussed on the NY State website?

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