Looks like our old friend Benny Hinn has the IRS looking into his affairs as of late.
DALLAS (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service is looking into the operations and finances of televangelist Benny Hinn’s organization, according to a published report.
The IRS wouldn’t discuss the case, but a representative for Benny Hinn Ministries confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that the inquiry is under way, characterizing it as routine.
Critics have argued that Hinn improperly profits from a ministry that hasn’t met the IRS definition of a church for years. The ministry is estimated to raise more than $100 million a year.
But his public relations contractor dismissed the possibility that tax exemptions could be at risk. Hinn spokesman Ronn Torossian said the ministry has “fully cooperated with the IRS” and is not being audited.
It’s likely nothing will come of this, but we can always hope. My favorite line from the article, though, has to be this bit:
Hinn ministry responses to IRS questions and a purported salary list for ministry officials are among documents that Trinity members said they salvaged from trash bins outside Hinn-related offices.
The salary document lists Hinn as CEO and his annual earnings as $1.325 million. Attorneys for the ministry, in a letter to The News, said the document was either a fake or had been stolen.
It’s completely not true! Or if it is true then the document is stolen! We’re not sure which, but either way you guys should just ignore it!