Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - West Letter: Churches shouldn't have to file in state - West Roxbury & Roslindale Transcript - Opinion & Letters: "Letter: Churches shouldn't have to file in state
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Sen. Walsh's statement, reported in the Dec. 2 Transcript, that churches should be required to file annual reports with the attorney general because other charities are required to do so lumps together inappropriately two quite separate types of institutions.

Charitable institutions are granted state tax exemption on the condition that their funds are spent for the charitable purposes for which the institutions were established. Consequently, it is reasonable for the commonwealth to require financial reports from them in order to ensure the charitable institutions are fulfilling the purposes for which they were chartered and granted tax exemption."

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