Anti-Gay Group Loses Tax Exemption

Peter LaBarbera’s group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was one of the many groups stripped of their non-profit status by the IRS recently.

According to the IRS, the tax-exempt status of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) was revoked on 5/10/2010 (PDF). The reason for this action is listed by the reporting organization Guidestar as a “failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years.”  These forms are required of legitimate non-profit organizations for review by the IRS and the public.

While the current incarnation of AFTAH appears to have been active since 2006, we found only one form 990-EZ on file — for the year 2009 (PDF).  In this, total receipts are listed as $110.000, out of which Peter LaBarbera received a salary of $75,000.  For perspective, this is approximately the same salary plus benefits claimed by Exodus president Alan Chambers.  Exodus lists eleven employees and a million dollar budget.

Most of the groups that lost their tax-exempt status didn’t file 990s because they’ve disbanded and no longer exist. AFTAH obviously still does.

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  • I don’t see much to cheer about, here. So they were sloppy – so what? It’d have been interesting if their tax exempt status had been revoked for their being involved in politics. That would have set an interesting precedent. But nooooooooo….

  • Chiroptera

    In the comment section to the article that Ed linked, there are some speculating that the reason the Form 990 wasn’t filed was to hide the identities of important donors to an organization that the SPLC has labeled a hate group.

    On the other hand, some have also pointed out that AFTAH is basically LaBarbera’s vanity project. It may also just be a case that LaBarbera needs to find another day job.

  • Yoritomo

    According to that one form they did provide, they didn’t achieve anything “in carrying out the organization’s exempt purposes.” Sloppiness in filling out the form, or true inefficiency? Given that more than two thirds of their income was spent on LaBarbera’s salary, probably the latter.