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“In a recent case [it was argued] that the IRS was not proceeding properly,” said John Pomeranz, a Washington-based lawyer who specializes in election-related activities by tax-exempt organizations. “The court ruled against the IRS and blew up their process for auditing churches.”

This could explain the IRS inaction.

“We have wondered whether or not the IRS is hamstrung at the moment – if they are even able to audit churches right now,” Mr. Pomeranz said. “I think there is a fundamental question about the ability of the IRS to audit churches, and they need to address that before they can get to the question of whether they’re going to audit these Pulpit Freedom Sunday pastors.”