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Rauf Got Tax Exemption For Apt ‘Mosque’?

We almost missed this interesting bit of information from the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

Questions Raised About Rauf’s Nonexistent Mosque

IPT News
September 1, 2010

The federal government considers the Muslim group founded by Ground Zero Mosque leader Feisal Abdul Rauf to be a tax-exempt church. But federal records show the group obtained that status by claiming to hold prayer services for up to 500 people in a Manhattan apartment building that has no space to hold that many people.

The application for tax exempt status from the American Sufi Muslim Association (ASMA) in 1998 claimed the group had an established place of worship at 201 W. 85th St. in New York. That is a 17-floor apartment building. (Photo at right.)

The 1998 tax filing, called a 1023 form, is required for any institution that wants to be considered a religious house of worship and therefore exempt from taxation. In the filing, Rauf is identified as ASMA’s founder. The application said the group was already operating as a prayer center for between 450 and 500 daily worshipers.

However, a review of the building and real estate records indicates there is nowhere in the building to house that many congregants. ASMA lists its office address as 201 W. 85th St., Apt. 10E on the tax form, while it cites only the building address as its location for prayer services.

The building has apartments only and no public spaces, such as a conference or a board room, to accommodate 450 people. Apartment 10E, building records show, is a one-bedroom apartment with about 800 square feet of living space. In the 1997 incorporation records filed with the state of New York, Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, was named as an ASMA director living at that address

Rauf was traveling in the Middle East on a State Department-sponsored tour and could not be reached for comment. In an email late Wednesday, Khan claimed the IPT story was inaccurate, but did not specify what she thought was wrong:

"I have received your enquiry, and notice that it includes inaccurate and outdated information. Unfortunately, as I’m sure you can appreciate, we are extremely busy right now and will not be able to provide you with answers by the time of your deadline. I look forward to communicating with you in the future, so that all the facts can be known."

Perhaps we’ll never know. But Ms. Khan seems like a very honest person. So we should probably just take her word for it.

A search of ASMA’s web site shows that Rauf and other group officials led no prayers at any ASMA offices or prayer centers. Instead, any prayer groups were conducted at other mosques in New York or out of town.

ASMA also told the IRS in 1998 that it had a school "for the religious instruction of the young." There are no records on the ASMA site of it operating a school.

ASMA now enjoys tax-exempt church status because the IRS accepted its 1998 application. As a church and not a nonprofit foundation, ASMA pays no taxes and files no public disclosure of its expenses and activities, including the salaries it pays to Rauf and Khan. That has made determining the sources of its funding and where it spends its money more difficult

As we reported last week, tax records for Rauf and Khan’s other non-profit, the Cordoba Initiative, do not list contributions from at least two charitable foundations that have supported its activities. Nearly $100,000 donors gave since 2007 have not been reported as revenue by Cordoba

Should the IRS review ASMA’s current status and find it no longer qualifies as a church, it could try to determine when it stopped qualifying and request financial disclosures for as many as the last three years.

No wonder ‘Islam’ is growing so rapidly in the US. Maybe we should all start mosques, as a way to cut down on our tax burdens.

The IRS doesn’t appear to be any too particular about the requirements.

(You can read Mr. Rauf’s application to the IRS for a ‘church’ tax exemption here.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Rauf Got Tax Exemption For Apt ‘Mosque’?”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “A search of ASMA’s web site shows that Rauf and other group officials led no prayers at any ASMA offices or prayer centers. Instead, any prayer groups were conducted at other mosques in New York or out of town.”

    “ASMA also told the IRS in 1998 that it had a school “for the religious instruction of the young.” There are no records on the ASMA site of it operating a school.”

    Why do I get the sinking feeling that they will use “The dog ate my records” excuse?
    I knew once people started checking out the pristine Imam we would see the lurking evil behind this POS.

  2. proreason says:

    Surprising isn’t it how similar the tactics are of Acorn, Rev Wright, Imam Rauf and Barack Obama.

  3. Enthalpy says:

    Taqiyyah is an important component of Islam’s assault on all who are unbelievers. Just as Progressives ( the Left) feel no obligation to tell the truth, Muslims feel no obligation to be truthful with us. This is a war which must be recognized as such.

    The issue isn’t where the mosque should be built. There should be no mosque built-period!

  4. canary says:

    Rauf & Daisy are the muslim version of Jim & Tammy Fay Baker.

    What would Sharia law say is their punishment for lying & cheating scams?

    NYC should indict Rauf, and put a lien on the ground terror mosque until they make restitution.


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