Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CAIR Loses Its Tax Exempt Status

No, this has nothing to do with CAIR being an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial.

Instead, CAIR lost its IRS status because they failed to file the require reports:
Donations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) no longer are tax deductible after the organization was among 275,000 tax-exempt organizations purged earlier this month by the Internal Revenue Service.

The groups failed to file required annual reports, known as form 990s, detailing their revenues and expenses, for three consecutive years. CAIR had been a non-profit on its own, but in 2007, the IRS approved a separate tax-exempt CAIR Foundation. The foundation never filed any subsequent reports. Both the foundation and CAIR national are on the purge list.
However, just to keep this in perspective:

o The 30 state chapters that CAIR has throughout the US, and many of them have are retaining their own non-profit status.

o CAIR can still recover their tax exempt status by filing those 3 missing annual reports, provide a new application for exempt status, explain why it failed to file the 990s for three consecutive years and explain what new procedures they will introduce in order to ensure future compliance.

Meanwhile, if you check out their website, you can see that CAIR still claims to be tax exempt:
CAIR appreciates your generous support.
Donations to CAIR are tax-deductible and qualify for zakat.
Hopefully, until they do manage to reinstate their IRS status, CAIR's financial support will drop.

According to the Washington Times, CAIR's membership dropped significantly between 2000 and 2006 from 29,000 members in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006, a 90% drop.

Let's hope for more of the same.

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