IRs Goes to Court over Brooklyn Park Church's Records

Associated Press, carried in Bemidji Pioneer
August 22, 2008

The Internal Revenue Service is looking into financial dealings between a Twin Cities church and its pastor.

The Star Tribune reports the IRS is investigating whether compensation and loan deals between the Living Word Christian Center of Brooklyn Park and its pastor, the Reverend Mac Hammond, violated laws for tax-exempt organizations.

The IRS has asked the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to force the church to comply with a demand for detailed financial information. The church failed to respond to a summons last March.

A church spokesman says the church has "complied with everything the IRS has asked us to do."

According to the petition, the IRS wants to examine Hammond's compensation, benefits and deals in which the church financed an airplane for him, which he in turn leased back to the church.

The IRS also is asking for details on loans for Hammond's residence that were later forgiven by the church.


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