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IRS Looking at Benny Hinn Organization
KFDM Television ^ | 7/06/2005 | Scott Lawrence

Posted on 07/06/2005 10:19:01 AM PDT by pkajj

DALLAS (AP) _ The Internal Revenue Service is looking into the operations and finances of televangelist Benny Hinn's organization, according to a published report.

The IRS wouldn't discuss the case, but a representative for Benny Hinn Ministries confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that the inquiry is under way, characterizing it as routine.

Critics have argued that Hinn improperly profits from a ministry that hasn't met the IRS definition of a church for years. The ministry is estimated to raise more than $100 million a year.

But his public relations contractor dismissed the possibility that tax exemptions could be at risk. Hinn spokesman Ronn Torossian said the ministry has "fully cooperated with the IRS" and is not being audited.

Hinn's ministry, formally renamed the World Healing Center Church in 2000, has had its administrative and mail-processing headquarters in Grapevine since a year earlier. Hinn, 52, and his family live in California.

According to documents provided to the newspaper by a watchdog group, the inquiry into the ministry began a year ago and the IRS has asked for dozens of detailed answers. The Trinity Foundation has investigated Hinn for more than a decade.

Hinn ministry responses to IRS questions and a purported salary list for ministry officials are among documents that Trinity members said they salvaged from trash bins outside Hinn-related offices.

The salary document lists Hinn as CEO and his annual earnings as $1.325 million. Attorneys for the ministry, in a letter to The News, said the document was either a fake or had been stolen.

The newspaper found that another watchdog group's complaint to the IRS _ that the ministry lacks financial oversight and independent governance _ may have led the agency to question the operation through what's called a church tax-inquiry letter.

Wall Watchers, a North Carolina-based advocacy group for religious donors, recently issued an alert about the Hinn ministry through its Ministry Watch Web site.

Wall Watchers sent a letter to the IRS early last year calling for an investigation of the Hinn Ministry, said Rod Pitzer, Wall Watchers' research director.

Hinn and his attorneys, who declined to be interviewed, have maintained the ministry uses proper accounting.

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To: pkajj

These results should be interesting.

21 posted on 07/06/2005 10:45:23 AM PDT by wallcrawlr ( Moderates = You're the wise middle. Like a spare tire around the fat waist of society.)
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To: MEGoody

Two points:

1. The IRS has already used its power for politically motivated harrassment of conservative non-profit organizations and some individuals during the Clinton administration.

2. There are some religious ministries/institutions that deserve scrutity. Hinn's organization is probably one of them.

22 posted on 07/06/2005 10:48:36 AM PDT by Busywhiskers (Former Republican since the Great RINO betrayal of 2005.)
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To: pkajj
HINN AND HIS LAWYERS, who declined to be interviewed, have maintained the ministry uses proper accounting.

I don't recall Jesus having any "attorneys" so probably Hinn's inability and powerlessness to die for his own sins, which no doubt are legion, he needs multiple "lawyers" just to keep his dead body from being locked up in the "pokey" for his "innocent" and "unintended" actions!

Poor, poor misunderstood and mistreated "showhorse" Benny Baby!

23 posted on 07/06/2005 10:50:36 AM PDT by VOYAGER
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To: arbusto99
I can't believe they're looking at a good man like Benny Hinn! Next thing you know they'll be going after that beacon of faith and humility, Robert Tilton.

Oh, man, I had to clean up my keyboard after busting out laughing at that one.

24 posted on 07/06/2005 10:51:26 AM PDT by Marathoner
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To: socal_parrot
Dr. Gene Scott was a televangelist who was always in trouble with the IRS.

Maybe very early in his career, but in recent years he made no pretense of trying for a "church" exemption. His flock sent in the money big time, as personal gifts to Dr Scott and he didn't have to open his books to anybody. He was shameless in his demands for ever-greater contributions, but actually very entertaining to watch or listen to (24 hrs a day on shortwave!).

25 posted on 07/06/2005 10:53:43 AM PDT by Moosilauke
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To: southernnorthcarolina
A Benny Hill Bump. We were watching Benny's classic on the British Public Health Service last night on BBC America. He nailed the essence of Socialized Society.
26 posted on 07/06/2005 10:54:23 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Busywhiskers

Agreed on both counts. Just something to watch carefully.

27 posted on 07/06/2005 11:03:39 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: pkajj

About Time.......

28 posted on 07/06/2005 11:07:03 AM PDT by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: pkajj
I attend an AoG church, and this guy has the ear of some of our members, much to my dismay. One of them had the temerity to suggest to my daughters that if they had sufficient faith, my wife (who has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder) would be healed. That left the both of them in tears and guilt-ridden. I wanted to take his head off, but instead I prepared a case for him why the "word of faith" teaching was in error and how that error caused hurt, even to my own family. He just kept saying, "you can't quench the Spirit... you can't quench the Spirit..."

Hinn and his ilk will get their full measure in due time for the damage they've caused.

29 posted on 07/06/2005 11:09:40 AM PDT by kezekiel
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To: pkajj

hinn is a charlatan, imo.

30 posted on 07/06/2005 11:12:09 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Cecily

31 posted on 07/06/2005 11:21:08 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: kezekiel

We've had the same experience in my family... Some people

32 posted on 07/06/2005 11:24:43 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: pkajj
I am not a Benny Hinn follower, but I am starting to wonder if the federal government might be using a two standards for what qualifies as a religion - a strict standard when qualifying for tax exemption, and a broad interpretation when evaluating possible "separation of church and state" violations.
33 posted on 07/06/2005 11:26:10 AM PDT by unlearner
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To: kezekiel

I guess the whole Word of Faith crowd doesn't have enough faith either, because a lot of them get injured, get diseases, and die from diseases. They claim that the Lord has healed them when they get well, but somehow the Lord is always working through medical doctors when these healings occur. I am not making fun of Christian faith for healing; Jesus Christ did commend many people for their faith in Him to heal people, and we are told to make our petitions known to God, for elders to lay hands on the sick and anoint them will oil, etc. I pray for healings for myself and others all the time. It's just that the Word of Faith money preaching frauds are quite distant from Jesus Christ.

Here is a list of sick or dead Word of Faith "giants" that your church friend might like to review.

34 posted on 07/06/2005 11:27:27 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: reagan_fanatic

Well, at least Benny's already got the Nehru collar thing going.

35 posted on 07/06/2005 11:29:37 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: pkajj

Benny Hinn was a respected and much loved British comedian, and why the IRS would hound him is beyond me, as he's not even an American, and he's been dead several years now....

Wait, a pigeon just whacked me in the back of the head. Then a leggy, busty, barely dressed, blowsy, big-haired woman in heels rushed up to me, gushing, "Benny HILL, silly!"


36 posted on 07/06/2005 11:32:45 AM PDT by John Robertson
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To: kezekiel

What always gets me is that word faith doctrine doesn't work anywhere else but the US and a few other countries. Most of the world's Christians have insufficient faith according to the prosperity gospel.

37 posted on 07/06/2005 11:36:08 AM PDT by agrace (All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. - Emerson)
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To: pkajj
Binny Hinn no doubt has more bean counters than the Mexican government.. Who will raise the questions; What kind of beans, How big are they, Has beano has been added, Are the beans whole or smashed and re-fried.. By that time the original questions have been lost.. And the IRS will rely on the BATF to provide some clarity..

PAY UP OR ELSE.?. The old WACO maneuver(updated)..
It don't pay to ROB the Dictatorship of Proletariat..
Them Proletarians(whoever they are) can get mean...

38 posted on 07/06/2005 11:51:25 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: windcliff


39 posted on 07/06/2005 12:27:12 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: stylecouncilor

It's a miracle.

40 posted on 07/06/2005 12:47:16 PM PDT by windcliff
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