How to Report a Pastor to the IRS for Embezzling Funds

Many churches and ministries refuse to file criminal charges or sue when a trusted employee is caught embezzling funds. The refusal to sue is sometimes based on Bible verses where the Apostle Paul criticized Christians for suing each other in I Corinthians 6:1-8.

However, another option exists for reporting criminal religious leaders that operate non-profit organizations.

By filling out IRS Form 13909, a church can report pastors or priests, financial secretaries and board members “using income/assets for personal gain.”

Ironically enough, if thieves fail to report and pay taxes on the embezzled funds, they have also committed tax evasion.

According to IRS Publication 17, “Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Schedule 1 (Form 1040), line 21, or on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”

For more info, check out the CNN article “The IRS wants to tax your illegal income”



3 thoughts on “How to Report a Pastor to the IRS for Embezzling Funds

  1. Is it considered embezzlement if you have heard a preacher with your own ears he was acting. It was all an act?

  2. I want to remain anonymous. I have overheard my many Elders and laymen for this Church in Orange County/ Santa Ana California. Goes by the name of The Life Center. Nati Alverado and wife Teresa have been taking funds from their other non-profit called Neutral Ground. This non-profit is to work with add risk youths. Both Nati and Teresa have been taking funds to pay for the mortgage on both their own home as well as the church building. The non-profit funds were also used to pay for a restoration of an El Camino that Teresa gave to Nati for his birthday. The restoration cost over 25k. When Teresa was asked how were they able to pay for the Church Mortgage during this Pandemic she said it was all God when in fact she had told another member of the church that if it wasn’t for the money from Neutral Ground they would of lost the building. it upsets us that during a Pandemic Teresa bought a Tesla and even funded her husband on a trip to Africa!!! Them two also took trips to Yosemite and Hawaii. Someone needs to stop these two from stealing these funds. NOT RIGHT.

    1. Dear john doe,

      We can start a file on these two, but we really need more concrete information, like proof that Neutral Ground has misused their money. Is the organization called CHANGING HUMANITY ALONG NEUTRAL GROUND EVERYWHERE, located in Eastvale Riverside County? If so, they have not filed an IRS form 990. Do you have, or can you think of a way to prove that they used the funds to pay their mortgage, or to pay for the El Camino restoration, or the expensive trips?

      BTW, if you speak with us, we will keep your name and contact information confidential. We’ve been doing that with informants for decades.


      Pete Evans
      Trinity Foundation, Inc.
      214-827-2625, ext 2000, office

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