CAIR brags about tax-exempt status, then runs afoul of IRS

February 2, 2010

Scary accounting standards by Islamic organizations are not unique to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and BritainWorld Net Daily has exposed U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations for its failure to file required disclosures with the Internal Revenue Service.  (Hat tip to Puneet Madaan).

But its delinquent filing hasn’t stopped CAIR from actively continuing to solicit donations and advertise itself as a valid 501(c)(3) organization.  (While CAIR technically remains tax-exempt, that status will be revoked if it fails to file 990s for another year.)

As of this posting, CAIR still has on its website 1) a lengthy explanation of how donations to CAIR qualify as zakat under Islamic law, and 2) references on several of its pages trumpeting their 501(c)(3) status.

CAIR made a fund-raising blitz in December to take advantage any Muslim taxpayers who wanted to increase their itemized deductions before the end of 2009.  Through Facebook and other media, national executive director Nihad Awad made this breathless appeal:

Earlier this week, I urged you to take advantage of the last few days of 2009 to make a tax-deductible donation to CAIR – and many people did.

Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), we’ve raised almost $25,000 so far. But we still haven’t met our goal of raising $175,000 by the end of the year to support CAIR’s important work.

I would like to thank all those who have already donated, and I ask those who can donate to do so in the remaining hours of 2009…

Awad then details the types of work that CAIR can “accomplish” with its revenues (which is basically a list of recent CAIR attempts to resist airport security profiling).  Awad continues:

I ask you again to take a minute, right now, to help CAIR challenge anti-Muslim bias and enhance understanding of Islam.

All donations qualify as zakat and are tax-deductible.

CAIR’s TAX ID Number is 77-0646756.


Every Donation Helps!

Thank you.

Nihad Awad

CAIR National Executive Director

P.S. – PLEASE SEND THIS APPEAL to your friends and family, and post to Facebook, Twitter and other Internet sites.

We’ve seen this pattern before:  lose track of zakat donations, engineer implausible excuses for the errors, then hit up your members for even more money when you can’t even explain your current finances to anybody.

The troubling thing about this “omission” is CAIR’s history as a Hamas front group and co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation.  Either CAIR wants to conceal its revenue sources or CAIR’s donors want their identities concealed.  The only possible excuse CAIR could come up with to defend this failure is to say they’ve lost so many employees because of plummeting revenues that it no longer has a functioning accounting office.

And if CAIR is that financially inept, and if you’re a Muslim and potential CAIR donor, wouldn’t you rather give your money to an organization with clean books?


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