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IRS Form 1023 Request and Church Responses

Aug 7th, 2010 | By | Category: Documents, Finances
In the early returns from our request for the Forms 1023 from the various ICOC churches, there appears to be a visible pattern in their replies.  First of all, none of them have responded to our survey questions, and only one (S. Florida) have even mentioned those questions.  Secondly, of nine respondents to date, none of them has sent the requested documents.  Some claim that they are not bound by law to send them, while others claim simply not to have them at all, or to be uncertain as to whether what they do have is complete.

We would like to note that the IRS rule excusing any 501(c)(3) from showing their 1023 if they were not in possession of it on July 15, 1987 makes for an improvable situation.  In other words, there is no way to prove whether any of these organizations really did have this form in their possession on that date or not.  So it would seem that we must take their words for this.  We would add, however, that those who claim that they did not have the form THEN, said nothing in their letters about whether they have it NOW.  Perhaps they are relieved to have found a loophole in the law.

Lastly, it is interesting that those churches who are claiming to be trying to get these documents from the IRS don’t seem to be commenting that failure to maintain these forms for public inspection and copying is a violation of Internal Revenue Code.  It seems they just hope that we won’t say anything to the IRS about it while we wait around for them to get their copies from the IRS in six to eight months.  (We will say something to the IRS.)

Here are the highlights, and if you want to see more, just click on the links to see the actual response letters. “Unresponsive” means that the church did not address the survey questions we asked of them. Some churches acknowledged we asked them questions, but none of the churches have answered our questions.

Church Survey Letter

As each church submits its documentation to ICOCinvestigation.com, the church name (on the chart below) will be turned into a hyperlink and will link to the response received.

Please forward any information you may have about churches omitted from this list.  We are also in need of the addresses for the churches listed in yellow below.  Please forward this information to the webmaster.

Church Mailed Mailing
Cost
Delivery Date 30 Day Deadline Form 1023 Survey Questions
Albuquerque Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Antelope Valley  Church Palmdale  &  Lancaster 8/15/05 $2.67 8/20/05 9/19/05 - -
Atlanta Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 1023 Letter
Unresponsive
Austin International Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 Incomplete 1023 -
Boston Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/12/05 9/11/05 Determination Letter
1987 exemption
Letter
Unresponsive
Burlington Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Central Jersey Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/26/05 9/25/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
Central New York  Church of Christ (Syracuse) 8/9/05 $2.67 1023 Letter
under no compulsion or commitment to reveal this information
Campaign Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/20/05 9/19/05 - -
Chicago Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/12/05 9/11/05 - -
Cincinnati Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/19/05 9/18/05 - -
Cleveland Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 9/12/05 10/12/05 - -
Columbus Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Dayton Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 - -
Denver  Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 1023 -
Detroit Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/31/05 9/30/05 - Letter
Invoice
unresponsive
District of Columbia Regional Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 - -
Grand Rapids Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 - -
Granite State Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Greater Baltimore Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/16/05 9/15/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Greater Houston Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Groton/New  London International Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Hampton  Roads  Church 8/9/05 $2.67 - -
Hartford Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/19/05 9/18/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Jacksonville International Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
Kansas City Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 9/1/05 10/01/05 1023 Letter
unresponsive
Los Angeles Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 1023 Letter
unresponsive, yet wants us to contact them to verify facts
Milwaukee Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 Incomplete 1023 Letter
unresponsive
Minneapolis  St. Paul Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/17/05 9/16/05 - -
Montgomery County Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
New Orleans Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/16/05 9/15/05 - -
New York City Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/12/05 9/11/05 IRS Letter
1987 exemption
Letter
unresponsive
Northern Delaware Church of  Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Northern Virginia Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/30/05 9/29/05 - -
Philadelphia Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 - -
Portland Church of Christ , Maine 8/15/05 $2.67 08/19/05 9/18/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
want to speak with me in person first
Portland International Church of Christ, Oregon 8/15/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 Determination Letter Letter
unresponsive
Exact duplicate of Central New York Letter
Rhode Island Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 1987 exemption Letter
unresponsive
Roanoke Valley Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/25/05 9/24/05 - -
San Diego Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/22/05 9/21/05 Determination Letter 1987 exemption Letter
unresponsive
San Francisco Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/12/05 9/11/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
Seattle Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/16/05 9/15/05 Determination Letter
Church asked IRS to provide 1023

04/27/06
1023

Letter
Addressed questions and state they will continue open and frank discussions with other churches
South  Florida Church of Christ 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter 1
Telling us how much to send for the copy of the 1023 Letter 2
Not legally bound to answer questions and sent back the money order
Southern Connecticut Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/23/05 9/22/05 - -
Springfield Church of Christ, IL 8/15/05 $2.67 8/19/05 9/18/05 - -
Springfield Church of Christ , MA 8/15/05 $2.67 8/23/05 9/22/05 - Letter
unresponsive
Tampa Bay Church 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 1023 Letter
addressed the questions, but will consider such requests in due course
The Birmingham Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/19/05 9/18/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
The Charlotte Church 8/9/05 $2.67 8/13/05 9/12/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
The Chattanooga Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/17/05 9/16/05 - -
The  Knoxville Church 8/9/05 $2.67 8/11/05 9/10/05 1023 -
The Lexington Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/25/05 9/24/05 - -
The Orlando Church 8/9/05 $2.67 8/10/05 9/09/15 1987 exemption Letter
unresponsive
The Tallahassee Church 8/15/05 $2.67 8/19/05 9/18/05 1987 exemption Letter
unresponsive
Toledo Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Waco International  Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/18/05 9/17/05 - -
Wichita Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 8/24/05 9/23/05 Church asked IRS to provide Letter
unresponsive
Buffalo Church - -
Blueridge Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Triangle Church 8/9/05 $2.67 returned
The Nashville Church
The Memphis Church
The Harrisonburg Church
The Jackson Church
St. Louis Church of Christ
Tacoma Region 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Spokane Christian Church
Sacramento Metro Church of Christ
Salt Lake Christian Church
San Antonio International  Church of Christ
Phoenix  Valley Church of Christ
Pittsburgh Church of Christ
Oahu Church of Christ
Omaha Church of Christ
Missoula Christian Church
Louisville Church of Christ
Lubbock International Church of Christ
Maui Christian Church
Lansing Area Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Las Vegas Church of Christ
Lawrence Church of Christ
Heart of Texas Church
Harrisburg Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Great Land Christian Church
El Paso International  Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Fresno Church of Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Ft. Myers-Naples Church
Gainesville Christian Church
DFW Church of Christ
Colorado Springs Christian Church 8/15/05 $2.67 returned
Capital District Church of  Christ 8/15/05 $2.67 REFUSED
Total Cost of Mailing to date $176.22

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