Monday, March 2, 2015

Guess what the IRS wants to know during a ‘random’ audit of a faith-based non-profit law firm? Next on FOT

Robert Tyler
Advocates for Faith & Freedom is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberty in the courts. Its mission is to engage in cases that will uphold our religious liberty and America’s heritage and to educate Americans about our fundamental constitutional rights.  Attorneys with Advocates have often appeared as guests on FOT.

Recently, Advocates were informed by the IRS that it was performing a “random” audit of the firm for 2012. In wake of the recent abuses of the IRS targeting many conservative groups around the country, and being well aware of the overreaching attempts made by the government to intimidate and stop conservative groups in the past, Advocates refused to let anything stand in the way of fighting for your right to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Yet the IRS requested lists of their 2012 donors, volunteers, newsletters, and financial records. 2012 just so happened to be the year Advocates argued in the Ninth Circuit in defense of Proposition 8, California’s marriage initiative, as well as the year we hosted a controversial figure, Dinesh DiSouza, to speak at the group’s Justice Gala.

The IRS also asked that the board of directors to adopt a new policy by which it would discontinue sending our supporters links to places they can find Christian-based voter guides that explain where candidates stand on various issues.
Todd Erzen
Tuesday Advocates president and general counsel Robert H. Tyler will be our guest on FOT to discuss this issue with Deacon Mike Manno and co-host Gina Noll and he will tell our listeners what answer he gave to the IRS.

Robert has been featured in American Lawyer and has been published in The Daily Journal, as well as a number of other national media. On numerous occasions, Robert has been called on to comment and be interviewed by local, national, and international media outlets. He has been a featured guest on Fox News, MSNBC, TBN, PBS, as well as Faith On Trial.
Also joining us Tuesday will be our monthly visit with our media analyst Todd Erzen, formerly with the Des Moines Register.

Join Deacon Mike and Gina for a lively discussion at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on  Faith On Trial is sponsored by Attorney Rick McConville of Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC, 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 453-1055 and Confluence Brewing Company, off the Bike Trail just south of Grey’s lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Des Moines, where there is entertainment in the tap room every Thursday.

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