United States Senate inquiry into the tax-exempt status of religious organizations

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December 6, 2007 deadline, only three of the ministries had shown compliance with the Finance Committee's request. I continue to review the information we’ve received from the ministries that cooperated, and we continue to weigh our options for the ministries that have not cooperated," noting that two of the ministries, Hinn's and Meyer's, gave full financial disclosure. Some questioned whether Grassley had the authority to conduct the investigation. Finance Committee did not have the time or resources to enforce the subpoenas. Still, leading evangelical organizations worried that Grassley's inquiry could lead to changes in tax rules for all religious nonprofits, so the groups protested. Finance Committee "has caused us to renew our commitment to always honor our partners' sacrificial giving." Long said he was "relieved" that the inquiry was done and said New Birth has always operated with integrity. Healing Center Church complies with the laws that govern church and non-profit organizations and will continue to do so," Torossian wrote. U.S. Sen. Church Grassley, including Bishop Eddie Long of Georgia, shown here, refused to provide information on their ministries. Grassley's final report, issued Thursday, held no penalties for refusal and offered no findings of wrongdoing. Long faces separate allegations that he abused young men in his ministry. Still, leading evangelical organizations worried that Grassley's inquiry could lead to changes in tax rules for all religious nonprofits, so the groups protested. Grassley. Some pastors questioned whether Grassley had the authority to conduct the investigation. The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, an independent accrediting group for churches and religious nonprofits, plans to create a national commission in response to the Grassley report to lead a review on accountability and policy. Grassley or the Senate Finance Committee has investigated the Smithsonian Institution, college endowment funds, non-profit hospitals, and non-profit foundations.