Nonprofit Transparency Act 

The proposed Nonprofit Transparency Act treats churches and church-related entities the same as other charities and requires the same public financial disclosure. Congress insists on financial disclosures for charities because tax exemption is a significant public trust and public trust requires transparency. Transparency both ensures and proves the charities are honoring that trust, not abusing or exploiting it. It is unfair to treat churches and church-related entities differently than other charities. Other charities, e.g., those that are not church-affiliated, file annual disclosures (a Form 990 or the like) with the IRS that track every penny in and out of the organization. Why wouldn’t churches and religious charities want to share this information with the public that is subsidizing them? What are they hiding?