Mormon tithe not a 'necessary expense' in IRS collection case

by | Mar. 08, 2013

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Nothing like a Tax Court decision with dueling Bible verses. The taxpayer had something from Malachi -Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. The Tax Court countered with something from Matthew, which is rather more familiar – Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Here is the story.

George Thompson was in Tax Court not to appeal the amount of tax that he owed. That was not in dispute. It was nearly $900,000. There were company payroll taxes that he was personally responsible for from 2004, 2005 and 2007. There were also individual income taxes going back as far as 1992. Mr. Thompson was arguing about how much he was able to pay.

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