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As the end-of-the-year approaches, now is a great time to consider making a charitable donation to support the Internet Infidels and The Secular Web.

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About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14709603808220927419 Jesse CS70

    I was planning to make a donation (because of the EXCELLENT work that you do, in making this material available), but upon checking the http://www.infidels.org/infidels/irs/ page (described on the donation page as: "including income tax returns for recent years.") I found that the most recent tax return listed was from 2007, nearly half a decade ago! This is severely concerning, and makes me worried that my donation would not be handled responsibly, if the basic tax documents haven't been filed for so many years.

    I hope this is simply an oversight, and the documents will be uploaded promptly — or at least, that a prominent explanation of the delay be added to the page.

    (I've also added this as a comment on the blog post announcing the fund drive.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16718427136116646031 Keith Augustine

    Hello Jesse,

    Contrary to the impression you received, I can assure you that our basic tax documents *have* been filed year after year–and I think it's fair to say that the IRS wouldn't allow otherwise! (At least not for long…)

    We simply did not upload copies of the most recent returns; we posted the old ones from our website as a courtesy to a number of individuals who were requesting to see them in 2007 so that they would not have to request copies from us individually. It seemed more efficient to simply place them on the site itself.

    The reason more recent returns have not been posted is simply because we haven't received any such requests since 2007–at least not until your e-mail. We'll go ahead and upload the most recent returns shortly in response to your request.

    Thanks for thinking of us with your potential contribution! We could use whatever help you can give us since we don't receive anything like the funding comparable to that received by religious organizations, unfortunately.


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