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C Street House says so long to tax-exempt status

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 18, 2009 | 5:51 pm

Things keep getting worse for the C Street House. TPMmuckraker reports:

Previously, the house—despite being home to numerous lawmakers—had been tax exempt, because it was classified as a church. That arrangement had allowed the building’s owner, the secretive international Christian organization The Family, to charge significantly below market rents to its residents. In recent year, Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Reps. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) have all reportedly called C Street home.

Natalie Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Office of Tax and Revenue for Washington D.C., told TPMmuckraker that her office inspected the house this summer. “It was determined that portions of it were being rented out for private residential purposes,” she said. As a result, the tax exempt status was partially revoked. Sixty-six percent of the value of the property is now subject to taxation.

For more background on “The Family,” read this interview I did last year with Jeff Sharlet, the only Jew-ish journalist to join the brethren and then write exhaustively about his experiences and the organizations political connections.

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