The “Zip-It-UP” Clause: 501(c)3

What is the 501(c)3?

A 501(c) organization, or simply a 501(c), is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United States. Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)) provides that 29 types of nonprofit organizations are exempt from some federal income taxes.

The Origins of the Clause

The 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, the document convincingly represents the majority of religious organizations that are operating under the tax-exempt status.  According to the Hushmoney.org, they state a trend that has only been going on for about fifty years. Churches were only added to section 501c3 of the tax code in 1954.

We can thank Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson for that. Johnson was no ally of the church. As part of his political agenda, Johnson had it in mind to silence the church and eliminate the significant influence the church had always had on shaping “public policy.”

Were churches prior to 1954 taxable?

No. Churches have never been taxable. To be taxable a church would first need to be under the jurisdiction, and therefore under the taxing authority, of the government. The First Amendment clearly places the church outside the jurisdiction of the civil government: “Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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