Kenneth Copeland, one of the targets of an investigation by Senator Grassley, has apparently requested an audit by the IRS.
Attorneys for Kenneth Copeland Ministries sent a letter to the IRS’ Office of Examinations on Monday saying the church was willing to cooperate with a tax inquiry by the agency. Dallas television station KTVT first reported the North Texas-based church’s request for an IRS audit.
Leaders of the television ministry contend dozens of questions about expenses, executive compensation and amenities asked by Sen. Charles Grassley are similar to those posed in an IRS church tax inquiry. In the letter, attorneys for the ministry say the appropriate procedure would be for Grassley to obtain the information from the IRS after it conducts an audit of the church.
“At the conclusion of a properly conducted church tax inquiry, the Senate Committee on Finance could obtain the information Senator Grassley is seeking from the IRS through a request,” the letter said.
Copeland representatives previously delivered a letter to Grassley reiterating that the IRS, and not a Senate committee, should be dealing with the questions the Senator raised.
The request comes just days after a deadline set by Senator Grassley, whom Copeland declared a “holy war” on, went by without Copeland turning over the requested information.
I personally see this request as a sly move to make it seem like the church is cooperating while insulting both Grassley and the Senate Committee on Finance. If I understood the Wikipedia entry correctly, the finance committee has the authority to investigate the IRS.
If that’s true, Copeland’s latest move is not unlike telling your boss you have no intention of speaking to him regarding your job but you’ve got no problem setting down with his secretary and having the same discussion.
The arrogance is just mind-blowing. Too bad Grassley can’t fire Copeland like your boss could you, eh?