LDS Church $100 billion whistleblower asks U.S. Senate for ‘oversight’

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SALT LAKE CITY — In 2019, a whistleblower revealed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a $100 billion investment fund. Now that same whistleblower wants the U.S. Senate to do something about it.

In a 90-page memo published by the news site Religion Unplugged, David A. Nielsen asks the Senate Finance Committee for oversight, which presumably would mean a Senate investigation or hearing.

Nielsen used to work for Ensign Peak Advisors, an investment arm for the Church. Just like his 2019 complaint to the IRS, Nielsen’s latest filing accuses the Church of using its non-profit status to avoid paying taxes.

But there’s also a new allegation that Ensign Peak falsely denied having foreign investments.

“So as a substantive matter, my guess is the publicity he gets for this is the extent of where this will go,” said Sam Brunson, a Loyola University law professor and author of the book “God and the IRS.”

Brunson added that while the filing may be sent to a Senate committee, it is under no obligation to have anything to do with the complaint.

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  1. Is it reasonable that the $100 billion Mormon Church investment fund Ensign Peak Advisors has tax-exempt status.? More disclosures may bring about change.

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