The major purpose of this article is to analyze the Forms 990 filed with the IRS by some religious organizations including television evangelists. Specifically, this article (1) examines the financial operations of religious organizations, such as revenue generation, spending, investment and borrowing; (2) investigates their accounting practices and conformance to generally accepted accounting principles; and (3) discusses the usefulness of Form 990 in monitoring tax-exempt religious organizations. The results of this study will provide evidence on whether the Form 990 filed by religious organizations conforms to generally accepted accounting principles and fairly represents their financial operations. The results will also be useful to the IRS and other governmental agencies in determining the informational value and usefulness of the current Form 990.

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