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White House Petitions & the IRC 107 Issue!

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1/15/2013 9:12:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I was asked to use the forums here to discuss another matter. Being new to Debate.Org, I thought it would be a good idea to test my ability to post by trying this.

There's been a lot big, national, news stories lately involving the White House response to various petitions promulgated through the White House website. You only need to get 25,000 signatures in 30 days in order to obligate the Obama administration to address the issue.

Alas, one of the more substantive petitions is failing to move toward successfully garner the 25,000 signatures by the deadline. I've tried what I can think of to promote the petition, and appreciate all the support; currently approaching 2,000, but with only 9 days left to reach 25,000.

So, since I have been enticed to these forums, I thought I would put in a plug for the petition here in hopes that some here might be the spark we need to boost the signatures up to the minimum 25,000 by January 24, 2013.

Here's the direct link to the petition and its text:

> We petition the Obama administration to:
>> propose that Congress act to repeal Internal
>> Revenue Code Section 107 that allows "ministers"
>> income tax free income.
> Internal Revenue Code section 107 allows ONLY "ministers" to
> receive unlimited amounts of income tax free income as long
> as it is spent on housing. The IRS has extended the benefits
> to employees of many private, non-church organizations such
> as the basketball coach at Pepperdine University. Many tax
> and legal scholars have written and spoken on the issue of its
> obvious UNconstitutionality, but there has been no political will
> to repeal the law or modify it to curb abuses and make it
> constitutional. Only in recent years has judicial effort been
> made to have the law ruled UNconstitutional, but that litigation
> could take many more years when Congress and the President
> could resolve the issue quickly. The President should take a
> leadership role in proposing that the law be repealed.

Please give serious consideration to signing up and getting others to do so as well.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, you should be able to sign in order to compel Obama to publicly address this important, public issue.

Robert Baty