Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Known Christian grifter has not filed a tax return since 2012 and is still tax-exempt

And, some mind numbing statistics on IRS compliance.
Ken Gaub
Via Ken Gaub Ministries
Kenneth Gaub of Yakima, WA claims that he has raised a baby from the dead and healed crippled people. He also has the chutzpah to claim that he has received telephone calls intended for him from payphones as he walked by. (Has anyone seen a payphone lately?) But his background is even murkier.

Ken Gaub had two sons; Dan and Nathan. Dan took his own life in 2012, allegedly to avoid prosecution for a Ponzi scheme that netted about $40 million from hundreds of victims. It is alleged that Ken Gaub was the recipient of assets from Dan's scam including large sums of cash and numerous luxury vehicles. It has been reported that Nathan Gaub is still scamming people with a phony commodities trading program. The Gaub family has denied those accusations.

Kenneth Gaub operates as Ken Gaub Ministries over two (slightly different) websites. According to Gaub in requesting donations:
Ken Gaub Ministries is a non profit 501 c3 corp. All monies will be used to reach out to the world with the gospel of Jesus.
The only 501(c)3 associated with Gaub is Kenneth Gaub Evangelistic Association. According to the IRS Business Master File, the organization (which is required to file an annual 990) has not filed a return for any year since 2012. He now owes filings for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The regulation is that not filing for three consecutive years causes an automatic revocation. Unfortunately, Trump's shutdown precludes taking any action on this matter — for now.

Gaub has not responded to an email.
Some sobering statistics:
My database was last updated by the Service on December 10. The following statistics apply to organizations that are required to file (eliminating houses of worship):
  • 446,307 in total
  • 26,207 have not filed 2017 returns two months since the last available extension expired.
  • 5,082 have not filed 2016 returns. 
  • 616 have not filed 2015 returns (and have not been automatically revoked).
  • 205 have not filed 2014 returns (and have not been automatically revoked).
  • 76 have not filed 2013 returns (and have not been automatically revoked).
  • 60 have not filed 2012 returns (and have not been automatically revoked).
  • 55 have not filed 2011 returns (and have not been automatically revoked).
  • 476 have not filed 2010 or earlier returns (and have not been automatically revoked). I found 30 whose last return was for 2000. 126 go back to the 1990s.
As soon as the government reopens I intend to transmit these stats to all three of my Congress critters. In addition I will communicate with Rob Portman who chairs the United States Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight (Portman is a GOPer but a grownup. We all subsidize these groups and the least we should be able to expect is regulatory compliance. I am afraid that if I transmit this stuff during the government shutdown it will get lost.

The Internal Revenue Service has some explaining to do.

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