Can a lame-duck Congress act?
Religious leaders ask Congress to repeal IRS church parking lot tax
BATAVIA, Ill., Nov. 15, 2018 – Can a lame-duck Congress pass legislation to revoke IRS tax code on a church parking lot tax? Numerous American religious groups have written a letter to Congressional leaders seeking a repeal of this section of the tax code by the end of this year (see letter below). This code will force churches and other tax-exempt organizations to file federal returns on parking benefits.
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore said in a news release, “Churches ought not be seen by the government as untapped sources of tax revenue. While the effect of this section of the tax code may very well have been unintended, it must be remedied.
“As the American founders clearly understood, the power to tax is the power to destroy,” Moore said. “The proper separation of the state from the church is at the heart of our American project. This section of the tax code, however, blurs those lines in harmful ways.”Coalition LTR _ Parking Tax Issues § 512(a)(7)