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Atheist group files federal lawsuit over church tax status

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service is giving unconstitutional preferential treatment to churches and other religious organizations.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Madison's U.S. District Court says the IRS is violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, as well as constitutional equal protection rights by exempting churches from having to file a detailed application form, fee and annual information form to receive tax-exempt status.

They say preferential treatment gives churches an exclusive and discriminatory benefit not granted to other secular nonprofits, such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

 

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