IRS Drops the Hammer on Hammond

Mac Hammond is the latest Christian leader to come under financial scrutiny by the U.S. government.

Months after Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, launched a financial accountability probe into the mega media ministries of Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar, Hammond finds himself under the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) microscope.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, the IRS is conducting an investigation to determine whether compensation and loan deals between Living Word Christian Center of Brooklyn Park and its pastor, Hammond, violate laws for tax-exempt organizations.

Specifically, the IRS wants insight into Hammond’s earnings, benefits and perks, including a church-financed airplane that’s leased back to the Living Word. The IRS is also digging for details on church loans that funded Hammond’s residence. Living Word later forgave those loans.

Living Word Christian Center failed to respond to a March summons. The IRS is seeking intervention from the court to force compliance with its demand for detailed financial data.

Neither Mac Hammond nor his staff was immediately available for comment. Check back later for more updates.

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6 Responses to “IRS Drops the Hammer on Hammond”

  1. 1 Zach Aug 25th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Much attention has been brought to the Word of Faith denomination because of the original Grassley “investigation.” And once again we see that although Grassley “claims he didn’t know what organizations he was dealing with” in the beginning, he has brought another under fire that falls again under the same denomination. It seems to me that Grassley has lost any footing he thought he may have had with this case and is grasping to find some more. Copeland is not going to back down, nor should he. The wrong decision here will affect us all – not just the churches.

  2. 2 Ty Aug 25th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Having watched this situation from the beginning, I find it an interesting move for Grassley to bring Hammond into this as you mention Zach. It seems that Copeland’s support has continued to grow, and Grassley hasn’t moved forward with any thing except a smear campaign in the last few weeks. I think that Grassley should admit he screwed up and move on to more pressing issues.

  3. 3 Jack Aug 26th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Between the recent nepotism attack and now the bringing of Hammond under investigation, I have to say Grassley definitely looks a little more than desperate for some kind of information. It would seem to me that had I dragged it out this long as Grassley has that I would be forced to admit my mistakes, and set this “investigation” to the side.

  4. 4 luke Oct 31st, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I find it ridiculous that this “investigation” does not have a conclusion yet. Copeland obviously sees the bigger picture here. He has stood for what he believes and Grassley has yet to use those subpeonas he threatened months ago. Let’s just bring this to an end before any wrong decisions can be made.

  5. 5 KingdomFocus Nov 4th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    This is what happens when the Church sets itself up as a Corporation, instead of being a church.

    If you submit yourself to the state then the state has control over you. The last time I looked in the Bible, the Church is supposed to be under the Lordship of Christ.

    If a church is incorporated, it then needs a 501c3 to be classified as exempt from taxes, and the IRS which sets the rules has the right to check things out. Who you go to for authority to operate, then determines under what rules you operate.

    As to the merits of the case itself, only once all investigations are completed and a determination is made, can we comment any further.

    John McDonald
    Kingdom Apostolic Network

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