Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A bipartisan bill to help charities will aid miscreants like Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera hopes that people will assume that his nutty little hate group is tax exempt
Today marks the three year anniversary of the revocation of tax-exempt status for Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. Peter LaBarbera must be so proud that he lacks the organizational skills to submit required reports to the IRS.

On a related matter, the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act was re-introduced in the House of Representatives on May 11. In short strokes the bill moves charitable deductions “above the line” to reduce adjusted gross income. This means that people can take charitable deductions without itemizing.

Last Friday I wrote about a Minnesota Family Council money-beg. The anti-LGBT group failed to notify donors, as required by law, that contributions are not tax deductible. It is a cynical ploy by supposedly righteous Christians to cause people to cheat on their taxes and probably not get caught.

Now people who assume that their donation to the anti-LGBT group will get a deduction from adjusted gross income; something that was previously available to people who itemized deductions.

Peter LaBarbera's hate group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality is not required to disclose the fact that donations are not tax deductible. Note that neither the home page widget nor the linked donation form indicate that deductions are not tax deductible.

Ever the moralist, LaBarbera tells everyone else how to live. For about a year after his tax exemption was revoked he lied to donors, telling them that contributions were tax deductible. Now he is hoping that people assume that their donations are going to an exempt organization.

I hold the processor responsible. Cornerstone Payment Systems refuses to even discuss the matter. According to the company:
Cornerstone is one of the nation's leading Christian owned and operated independent sales organizations in the merchant processing industry. We have a commitment to separate our transaction processing services from the remainder of the industry. We do this by putting Christ at the cornerstone of our business.
So much for the integrity of these pious people. Christians helping Christians scam. By the way, PayPal is no better. However they are not trading on being Christ-centric.

The question then becomes whether or not Congress can (or will) amend the bill to require disclosures on all charitable contributions. When Porno Pete takes in money and the donor assumes that the gift is tax deductible then you and I are all subsidizing an anti-LGBT hate group. We subsidize other hate groups like Family Research Council but at least there is the transparency provided by an annual report. From Pete we get nothing.

For the record, AFTAH; at 1217 Bainbridge Drive, Naperville, IL 60563; had its tax exempt status revoked on October 3, 2015 retroactive to May 15, 2015 — Three years ago to the day.

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